Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 1/4/14
Charlotte Bobcats (14-20) at Sacramento Kings (10-21)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Bobcats will be desperate to end a five-game losing streak when they pay a visit to the Sacramento Kings tonight.
The Bobcats have lost five straight and hit rock bottom on Thursday when they got absolutely routed by 134-104 to the Blazers. Chris Douglas-Roberts led the team with 20 points off the bench while Al Jefferson added 19, but this game was over before it began as the Bobcats fell behind by 70-49 going into halftime and never threatened to come back. The Bobcats are ranked third in the league in points allowed but no one told the Blazers as they connected on 21 of 33 three point attempts which simply blew the Bobcats out of the arena. With the fifth straight loss, Charlotte drop to 14-20 overall and 6-10 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Kings have lost eight of their last 12 and are coming off a 113-104 loss to the rising 76ers despite 33 points and 14 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points while Rudy Gay had 18, but the Kings committed 23 turnovers which really hurt their chances of taking down the high-energy 76ers. The only real bright spot from the loss was the play of Jimmer Fredette who scored a season-high 15 points off the bench. With the loss, Sacramento drop to 10-21 overall and 6-12 at home.
In ATS trends, the Bobcats are 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, while the Kings are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and 2-14 ATS in their last 16 home games against a team with a road record below .400.
These two teams last met on Dec 17 and it was the Bobcats who won by 95-87, but I'm actually expecting a different result in this game. The Bobcats are in a world of hurt all of a sudden and I can't see them snapping out of it anytime soon. With that being said, I'm reluctantly taking the Kings to win this one at home by around nine or 10 points.