Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/15/14
Sacramento Kings (13-22) at Minnesota Timberwolves (18-19)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -10 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings and the Minnesota Timberwolves battle it out at the Target Center tonight.
With three straight wins, the Kings would have been pretty confident heading into Indiana last night but received a real wake-up call as they got thumped by 116-92. DeMarcus Cousins had a massive night of 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Rudy Gay added 12, but no one else even finished in double digits in scoring as the Kings struggled against the league's best defensive team. The margin of loss comes as somewhat of a surprise as the Kings looked good in their last three wins, especially in the 124-80 win over the Cavs on Monday, but that just goes to show how inconsistent the young Kings can be.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are coming off a big loss of their own after getting trounced by the Spurs by 104-86 on Monday. Nikola Pekovic continued his hot streak with 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting, but Kevin Love disappointed with just 14 points on three of 14 shooting while Kevin Martin shot two of 12 for his seven points. As a team, the Wolves shot a measly 35 percent from the field so I'm actually surprised they didn't lose by 30 or more. With the loss, Minnesota drop to 18-19 overall and 7-12 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 6-15-1 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record, while the Wolves are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 24-7-1 ATS in their last 32 games following a loss.
The Kings have got to be one of the most frustrating teams to bet on or against and the Wolves aren't far behind so this one is tricky. I'm tempted to just sit on the fence and offer a play on the score going over or under, but I actually have a feeling the Kings will rebound from last night and keep this game close, or at least within single digits...