Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 1/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (26-14) at Sacramento Kings (16-23)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings play host to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Sleep Train Arena.
The Sacramento Kings will be looking to avoid a fourth loss in five games after falling to the Heat by 95-83 last night. DeMarcus Cousins led the way with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists but frustratingly committed eight turnovers while four other players finished in double figures in scoring, but the Kings just flat out struggled. In the absence of Rudy Gay, the Heat were able to really key in defensively on Cousins which really thwarted the Kings, especially in the second half where they totalled just 39 points. Sacramento did fare too well when they had to play multiple games with Cousins and it looks like they'll have to learn to survive without Gay as he is expected to miss a few games with his left knee sprain.
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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have won six of their last nine games overall but were beaten by the Cavaliers by 126-121 last night. Blake Griffin led the way with 34 points on 14 of 23 shooting before fouling out while Chris Paul added 15 points and 14 assists, but the defense just wasn't there as the Cavs were allowed to shoot a sizzling 55.4 percent from the field. As usual, LeBron James scored 32 points and flirted with a triple double but what really hurt was that Kyrie Irving was able to score 37 points on 12 of 18 shooting. The Clippers can score with the best teams in the league, but they're below the league average in points allowed and it really showed last night. Despite the loss, LA is still a healthy 26-14 on the season and 17-7 at home.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games playing on zero days rest, while the Kings are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a double digit loss at home and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest.
The line has yet to be released for this one so please check back before tipoff for my free pick.