Check out our free Rockets vs Kings pick and preview for this NBA game in Sacramento. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Kings NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Sacramento Kings
- Where: Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds SAC -9, HOU +334 | SAC -442 O/U 239.0
So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 10-30, while going 16-22-2 vs the spread. The Rockets come into the game in the middle of a 7 game losing streak, losing these matchups by an average of -14.29 points per contest.
Houston is trying to bounce back from a 104-96 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into this game, the team was 3 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Houston let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Kevin Porter Jr., as he contributed 25 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 21-18, while going 20-18-1 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Kings are averaging 129 points per game while allowing 122. This has led to a record of 1-2.
In their previous game, the Kings took down the Magic by a score of 136-111. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 6 point favorites. Sacramento was able to maintain control throughout the game, as they outscored the Magic in each quarter. Leading the team in scoring was Harrison Barnes, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 84.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In last year’s head-to-head series between Houston and Sacramento, it was the Kings who came out on top with a record of 3-1. However, the Rockets still managed to win half of their road games in the series. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Rockets averaged 116.75 points per game vs Sacramento, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Kings also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 120.25 points per game vs Houston. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +7 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-1-1. A combined average of 235 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 40 games, the Rockets are averaging 109.1 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If Houston continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 18th in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, Houston has had its problems giving up an average of 118.2 points per game (30th).
Shooting Guard Jalen Green currently leads the Rockets at 21.2 points per game. For the season, he is 36th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 19.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Green is averaging 4.4 boards and 3.6 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 5th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Kevin Porter Jr. enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 39 games, he is averaging 19.5 and is 141st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Coming into today’s action, Sacramento is averaging 118.8 points per contest. This figure places them 1st in the league. The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.4 made 3’s per game. One area that the Sacramento offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 9th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Currently, the Kings defense is ranked 29th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.77 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, De’Aaron Fox leads the Kings in scoring at 23.8 points per game, placing him 23rd in the NBA. Overall, Fox has hit 50.2% of his shots while accounting for 20.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to point-guards. At 18.7 points per game, Domantas Sabonis is the 2nd leading scorer for the Kings. For the season, he is 22nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 61.5%.
Rockets vs Kings Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Kings -9
- Free Total Prediction: Over 239.0