Kings vs. Bucks - 12/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (13-13) at Sacramento Kings (11-14)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, CSAC
The Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings play Thursday night at the Sleep Train Arena.
The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last six games and are in trouble without Jabari Parker. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 99.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 17.5 points and 4.7 assists while Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 12.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. O.J. Mayo is shooting 40.5 percent from the field and Larry Sanders is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a Wednesday loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, a game in which they started four guards with the loss of Parker to an ankle injury. The Bucks have allowed 100-plus points in seven of their last nine games and are allowing teams to shoot 47.2 percent in their last five.
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The Sacramento Kings have lost four straight games and are still looking for a new head coach. On the season, the Kings are averaging 100.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Rudy Gay is averaging 21.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while Darren Collison is averaging 15.6 points and 6.2 assists. Carl Landry is averaging 4.2 rebounds per game and Ben McLemore is shooting 46.3 percent from the field. The Sacramento Kings are relying way too much on the three-ball recently, averaging nearly 18 long distance shots in their last five games, but they’re shooting just 43.2 percent from deep during that stretch. The Kings have lost six of their last eight home games SU and need to start winning games like this if they’re going to get back to a .500 record.
The Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Pacific and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Kings are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Bucks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Sacramento and the road team is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
In a pick em game, I have to go with the home team that isn't coming off a back-to-back. If you thought the Bucks were struggling as it was, it's only going to get worse without Parker on the court. Give me the Kings at home in a toss-up game.