New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings - 2/12/14
Sacramento Kings (17-34) at New York Knicks (20-31)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks will play their first of two schedule meetings this season.
The Kings have lost their last three games, including a 109-99 loss Tuesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where they allowed Cleveland to shoot 47.7 percent from the field. Defense continues to be a problem for the Kings, as they’re allowing 103.5 points per game on the season. The offense hasn’t been there much either, as they’re shooting just 40.3 percent and scoring 94.8 points in their last five games. The Kings haven’t hit the 100-point mark in their last four road games. They are 23-26-2 against the spread on the season and 11-11-2 ATS on the road.
The Knicks have lost four of their last five and will play this quick home game before going on a four-game road trip. During this losing streak, the Knicks have gone back to not playing any defense, as opponents are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 46.5 percent from the field, which has equaled to 100.6 points in their last five. Carmelo Anthony is still doing a lot of the heavy lifting offensively, as he’s averaging 26.8 points in the month of February. The Knicks are 21-30 ATS and 10-19 ATS at home.
Neither team is playing terrific basketball, but New York has a lot more pep in its step and has won five of its last seven home games SU. It is also 5-1 ATS in its last six games against teams with a losing SU record and has beaten the Kings SU in three of their last four meetings.
Sacramento also allows 104.9 points per game in contests where it has had no days’ rest. With the way New York shoots the ball, I like my chances.
It’s no secret the Knicks are the better team in this contest and with the game being played in the Garden, I see New York covering the small chalk.