The Sacramento Kings (18-12) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-21) on Sunday, December 31st. This game will be played at FedExForum. The Kings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Grizzlies are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hawks. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Kings vs Grizzlies
The Kings Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Kings bested the Hawks with a score of 117-110. the Kings not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -2-point favorites. In terms of the over/under, the combined 227 points was below the over/under line of 252.
In the Western Conference, the Kings are 5th overall and 2nd in the Pacific division. Overall, the Kings are 18-12 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games.
In terms of the spread, Sacramento currently holds an ATS record of 16-14, which is above .500. This season, Sacramento has a 12-12 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 4-2 as underdogs.
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Memphis’ most recently played the Clippers and lost with a final score of 117-106. The Grizzlies picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 59-54.
Heading into their matchup with the Kings, the Grizzlies are 10-21 overall and are looking to snap their two-game losing skid. In the Western Conference, the Grizzlies are currently 13th and sit 4th in the Southwest division.
Memphis comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-18 so far this season. The Grizzlies are currently on a four game ATS win streak when they are the favorite, and they hold a 8-13 record against the spread as underdogs.
Kings Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Sacramento offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.4 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Kings are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.9 possessions per game. Sacramento has been highly effective on the offensive end, thanks to their combination of an up-tempo playing style and one of the league’s top effective field goal percentages, standing at 55%.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
The Grizzlies come into today’s game as the 30th ranked scoring offense at 107.2 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Grizzlies are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.3 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 30th in fields goals made per contest.
Kings Team Defense
At present, the Kings’ defense is ranked 21st, allowing 117.6 points per game. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Kings defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.2% while allowing 37.4% from downtown.
Grizzlies Team Defense
On defense, the Grizzlies come into the game ranked 13th in the league in points allowed at 113.5 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 124.7 points per contest (2nd). On two point field goal attempts, the Grizzlies’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.0% and allowing 38.5% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Kings And Grizzlies
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Harrison Barnes as the primary point contributor for the Kings, finishing with 14 points while maintaining a 4/9 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 11.4 points per game along with 3.1 boards.
On the other side, Derrick Rose is our projected leading scorer for the Grizzlies. We have him ending the game with a team-high 9 and grabbing 2 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 43.8% and is averaging 9.1 points per contest.
Kings vs Grizzlies Trends
- Across their three previous road games, Sacramento has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 109 points per game.
- Memphis has played well in their previous five home games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 113 points per game while allowing 121. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Kings have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
- As the betting favorite, the Grizzlies have an ATS record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
The Grizzlies is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 155-126. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Grizzlies at -2.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 236, and our model predicts the Kings and Grizzlies to score a combined 281 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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