The Washington Wizards (4-21) travel to face off against the Sacramento Kings (15-9) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Golden 1 Center. The Kings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jazz. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Wizards vs Kings
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Wizards lost to the Suns with a final score of 112-108. Going into the second half the Wizards held the lead at 58-46.
In their last ten games, the Wizards are 2-8 and have an overall record of 4-21. On the road, the Wizards are 2-13 compared to 2-8 at home this season.
The Wizards have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 11-14. The Wizards maintain an ATS record of 9-6 on the road, while they have a 2-8 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Kings Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Kings took down the Jazz by a score of 125-104. The Kings not only secured a straight-up victory in this game but also covered the spread as -8.5-point favorites. Considering the over/under, the total of 229 points fell short of the set over/under line of 235.
In their last ten games, the Kings have gone 7-3 and have an overall record of 15-9. When playing against teams in the Western Conference, the Kings are 13-9 compared to 2-0 in non-conference games.
Currently, Sacramento holds an above .500 ATS record of 14-10 so far this year. The Kings have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 10-8 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
The Wizards step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 116.4 points per game (9th). When looking at the Wizards pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 103.4. The team has not only adopted an up-tempo pace but has also integrated this style with one of the NBA’s top field goal percentages, currently at 48%.
Kings Offense Breakdown
The Kings step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 117.1 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 15.4 made 3’s per game. If the Sacramento offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Wizards Team Defense
Looking at the Wizards defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 126.2 points per game (30th).
The Washington defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.4% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 50.3% of their field goal attempts vs. Washington.
Kings Team Defense
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Kings is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 116.6 points per game (21st).
Inside the arc, the Kings defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.2% and 37.4% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Wizards And Kings
In today’s game, we anticipate Kyle Kuzma leading the scoring for the Wizards, contributing 18 points while shooting 7/14 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.1 points per game, in addition to 6 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox to be the top scorer for the Kings. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 47.5%, and his scoring average is 30.1 points per game.
Wizards vs Kings Trends
- Across the Wizards last ten road games, the team averaged 112 points per game while allowing 121. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 6-4, while going 1-9 straight-up.
- In their last ten games at home, the Kings have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 5-5 vs. the spread. The team averaged 111 points per game in this stretch.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the underdog, the Wizards have a straight up record of 2-8. Their record vs the spread in these games was 4-6.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Sacramento has an ATS mark of 6-4 while going 7-3 straight up.
The Wizards come in as the underdog at +11.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 245, and our model predicts the Wizards and Kings to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
* All odds are provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.Action247 does not warrant the accuracy of completeness of the information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within these post.