The Phoenix Suns (14-13) travel to face off against the Sacramento Kings (16-10) on Friday, December 22nd. This game will be played at Golden 1 Center. Both the Suns and Kings will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Suns vs Kings
The Suns Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Suns will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Trail Blazers with a final score of 109-104. In addition, to losing the game straight-up, the Suns lost vs. the spread as -7 point favorites. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 213 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 230.5.
Coming into today’s matchup against the Kings, the Suns have an overall record of 14-13 and are above .500. When they have played on the road, the Suns are 7-5 compared to a 7-8 record at home.
Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 10-17 as they come into today’s game. During this season, Phoenix has a 6-13 record against the spread as favorites and 4-4 as underdogs.
The Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Celtics, De’Aaron Fox was the top scorer for Sacramento, recording 29 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 47.3%. While Domantas Sabonis was 2nd on the team with 13 points, Sacramento fell short in the game with a final score of 144-119.
As they prepare to take on the Suns, the Kings are focused on adding to their above .500 record of 16-10. When it comes to road games, the Kings are 6-6 this year compared to their 10-4 record at home.
Sacramento has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 14-12 against the spread. In their last two home games, Sacramento has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 7-7 at home compared to 7-5 on the road.
Suns Offense Breakdown
In 27 games games, Phoenix has an average of 114.9 points per game (15th). Coming into today’s game, the Suns will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. If the Phoenix offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.1 turnovers per game.
Kings Offense Breakdown
Today, the Kings enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 118.2 points per game (8th). The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.7 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100.3 possessions per contest.
Suns Team Defense
The Suns’ defense is presently ranked 15 in the league, allowing an average of 113.8 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Suns are forcing 14.1 per game, which is 23rd in the league. They also come into the game sitting 1st in blocked shots at 6.6 per game.
Kings Team Defense
Currently, the Kings’ defense holds the 22 rank in the NBA, allowing 118.2 points per game.
In their previous matchup vs. the Celtics, the Kings’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 55% leading to 144 points.
Key Players For The Suns And Kings
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Kevin Durant is set to be the main scorer for the Suns, recording 19 points and shooting 7/13 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 31 points per game, along with 6.1 rebounds.
On the other side, De’Aaron Fox is our projected leading scorer for the Kings. We have him ending the game with a team-high 21 and grabbing 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48%, and his scoring average is 30.1 points per game.
Suns vs Kings Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Phoenix has an ATS record of just 3-7. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 114 points per game.
- When looking at their past three matchups at home, Sacramento has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 112 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Suns have a straight up record of 3-7 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Kings have a strong straight up record of 4-1. In addition, their ATS record was 3-2 in these scenarios.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Kings vs. Suns matchup, our bet is to grab the Suns at +3.5. Even though our projections have the Kings winning 112-110, we see the Suns as the play on the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 244.5, and our model predicts the Suns and Kings to score a combined 222 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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