Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 3/1/14
Minnesota Timberwolves (28-29) at Sacramento Kings (20-37)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +3 -- Over/Under: 211 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Sacramento to face the Kings on Saturday night.
Head to head, the underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The Kings are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Timberwolves on the other hand are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Give credit where credit is due because the Minnesota Timberwolves have actually played really well of late despite the absence of two of their leading scorers in Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic. Minnesota comes into tonight's contest having won four of five, which includes a double-digit home win over the Indiana Pacers and a 110-101 victory in Phoenix in their last outing on Tuesday night. The good news moving forward, both Martin and Pek are expected to return tonight against the Kings after a rather lengthy layoff. The bad news, Minnesota will still likely miss out on a playoff spot when it's all said and done as they trail the ninth place Grizzlies by four and a half games in the standings.
The Sacramento Kings are coming off a 129-103 home loss against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, but they have actually won three of their last five overall. Having said that, those three wins were against Boston, Denver and New York, three teams all in massive slumps at the moment. This Sacramento team has a bunch of talent on their roster in the form of 3 x 20ppg scorers, but they are still as inconsistent as any team in the NBA.
Minnesota is going to be the popular pick in this one and rightly so. They look locked in at the moment and they might be getting two of their top three scorers back tonight. Playoffs are unlikely, but still possible so getting wins against sub .500 teams is an absolute must. Sac-Town could win this one by 20+, but you just don't what your getting from them on a game-to-game basis...
Dan’s Pick: Minnesota -3
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