Timberwolves vs. Kings - 1/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (13-19) at Minnesota Timberwolves (5-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves +4 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSAC, FSN
The Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves square off Thursday night at the Target Center.
The Sacramento Kings have lost four of their last five games and play their third straight road game. On the season, the Kings are averaging 102.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 104 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 24.7 points and 12.3 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 21.2 points and 6.3 rebounds. Darren Collison is averaging six assists per game and Ben McLemore is shooting 47.6 percent from the field. The Sacramento Kings have won just four games since the end of November and are really performing poor on the defensive side of the ball. In their last five games, the Kings are allowing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Kings have allowed 100-plus points in eight straight games.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost nine straight games and hope to win their first home game since December 10th. On the season, the Timberwolves are averaging 98.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 108.7 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Thaddeus Young is averaging 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins is averaging 13.1 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Mo Williams is averaging 6.5 assists and Gorgui Dieng is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are also struggling on the defensive end like they have all year, as they’re allowing 47.4 percent shooting in their last five games and have allowed 100-plus points in nine straight games.
The Kings are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Kings are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
I don't like the Kings and the way they're playing and I certainly don't like them playing on the end of a back-to-back road game. Give me the Timberwolves and the points here.