The Sacramento Kings (17-11) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (7-21) on Tuesday, December 26th. This game will be played at Moda Center. Both the Kings and Trail Blazers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.
Kings vs Trail Blazers
The Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Kings conveyed a message to the Timberwolves with a score of 110-98. The Kings turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 59-47.
Coming into today’s game against the Trail Blazers, the Kings are looking to stay above .500. So far, they are 17-11 and are in 4th place in the Western Conference. In their division, the Kings are in 1st place.
Sacramento is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 15-13. The Kings have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 11-11 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Anfernee Simons led Portland with 25 points against the Warriors, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 45.2% in the game. While Jerami Grant was 2nd on the team with 17 points, Portland fell short in the game with a final score of 126-106.
Coming into today’s game against the Kings, the Trail Blazers are 7-21 overall with a record of 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, the Trail Blazers are 14th and are 5th in the Northwest Division.
Portland’s ATS record sits below .500 (13-15). During this season, Portland has a 0-2 record against the spread as favorites and 13-13 as underdogs.
Kings Offense Breakdown
Today, the Kings enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 117.5 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 15.2 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 100.1 possessions per contest.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
The Trail Blazers come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 108 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Trail Blazers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.2 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 29th in made field goals per game.
Kings Team Defense
Currently, the Kings’ defense holds the 21 rank in the NBA, allowing 117.4 points per game.
The Sacramento defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Sacramento.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers’ defense is giving up an average of 114.7 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Trail Blazers are forcing 14.5 per game, which is 26th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 24th in blocked shots at 4.4 per game.
Key Players For The Kings And Trail Blazers
In today’s game, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox leading the scoring for the Kings, contributing 20 points while shooting 7/14 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 29.6 points per game, along with 4.4 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Anfernee Simons to be the top scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 15, and he is expected to secure 2 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 45.3% and is averaging 26.9 points per contest.
Kings vs Trail Blazers Trends
- Across the Kings last five road games, the team averaged 108 points per game while allowing 116. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- In their last three home games, Portland has averaged 113 points per game while allowing 122. The team’s record in this stretch was 0-3 while going 2-1.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have a straight up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 2-1.
- The last ten games that Sacramento was favored, they have an ATS mark of 6-4 while going 7-3 straight up.
Our bet is on the Kings for a win, and we project the score to be 110-102. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Kings with the spread at -7.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 236.5 and given that our model is projecting 212 points between the teams, we like the under.
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