Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets - 12/15/13
Houston Rockets (16-8) at Sacramento Kings (6-15)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +6.5 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets travel to the Sleep Train Arena to take on the Sacramento Kings tonight.
The Rockets have won three of their last four and are coming off an impressive 116-112 win over the Warriors thanks to 26 points and nine assists from James Harden. Chandler Parsons added 23 and Dwight Howard had 18 as the Rockets beat the Warriors for the 18th time in the last 22 meetings and the second time in the past week. With the win, Houston improved to 16-8 on the season and a modest 6-5 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Kings have lost eight of their last 10 and will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Suns by 116-107 on Friday. With Rudy Gay playing in his debut game, the Kings got off to a quick start to lead by as many as 11 points early on, but some poor defense allowed the Suns' tandem of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to run riot, hurting the Kings with a combined 57 points. Gay ended up with 24 points, while Isaiah Thomas led hte team with 29 points, but DeMarcus Cousins had just 15 points and Ben McLemore had just four points which really hurt the team in the end.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their alst seven games against a team with a losing record and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Sunday games, while the Kings are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Head to head, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six in Sacramento.
The Rockets have really dominated the Kings in the past, winning five of six in Sacramento by an average of 10.3 points and I think it's going to be more of the same. The Kings look much more threatening with Gay in the lineup, but their defense has been deplorable and should be exploited by the high-scoring Rockets tonight.