Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Sacramento Kings - 3/16/14
Sacramento Kings (23-42) at Minnesota Timberwolves (32-32)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -7.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings take the trip to the Target Center to battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.
The Kings have lost seven of their last 10 and will be looking to cap off their seven-game road trip with a win tonight after losing four of their first six. Last night, Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 26 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 25 while the Kings outrebounded by the Bulls by 55-40, but it still wasn't enough as they lost by 95-87. Better execution down the stretch and the Kings could have escaped with the win, but they committed 16 turnovers, shot just 23 of 37 from the free-throw line and 37 percent from the field which really hurt their chances in the end. The other problem they had was Joakim Noah who flirted with another triple-double and was clutch in the fourth, but he's been in ridiculous form lately and they were just the latest victims.
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Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have won eight of their last 12 but are coming off a 105-93 loss against the Bobcats. Kevin Martin led the scoring with 19 points but had no real support as Kevin Love poured 18 points in the first half but went scoreless in the second half, finishing with just 18 points and six rebounds. To add insult to injury, Nikola Pekovic left late in the third quarter with the sore right ankle that caused him to miss most of February so he is listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Kings. With the loss, Minnesota drop back to .500 at 32-32 overall and 14-19 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games playing on no days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Wolves are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Kings are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings and the Under is 13-6-1 in the last 20 meetings in Minnesota.
The Kings' only win in their last five games came against the lowly 76ers so it's safe to say they're in poor form, but I just get the feeling that they can trouble the Wolves, especially if Pekovic can't suit up. A lot will depend on the Kings' motivation for this game, but if they show up, I like their chances of keeping this game closer than it should be.