Timberwolves vs. Kings - 11/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (7-5) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +8.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSAC, FSN
The Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday night at the Target Center.
The Sacramento Kings have split their last four games and are still trying to find themselves as a young team. On the season, the Kings are averaging 102.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 22.5 points and 11.8 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 21.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Darren Collison leads the Kings with seven assists and Jason Thompson is grabbing 6.1 rebounds in limited playing time. The Kings are slowly starting to get things together but need to do a better job of sharing the basketball and need to develop a little more consistency at both ends of the court. Still, the Kings remain a potential playoff sleeper.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven games and are banged up big time. Nikola Pekovic and Ronny Turiaf are doubtful with injuries and Thaddeus Young is questionable. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 102 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 50.9 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 10.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting and will have to carry much of the load offensively with Minnesota’s top three-four players likely not playing in this game. Mo Williams is averaging 5.5 assists and Corey Brewer is likely the only other active Minnesota player averaging double-digit points. Right now, it’s a complete mess for the Timberwolves, a young team that got off to a decent start before the injuries.
The Kings are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Timberwolves are 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota.
Even with the bundle of points and the home team, I can't take them. Minnesota is missing too many key guys to hang with a rested Sacramento team. Give me the Kings by double digits.