Kings vs. Clippers - 10/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (63-33) at Sacramento Kings (29-53)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +4.5 -- Over/Under: 212 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW2, CSAC
The Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings open their season Wednesday at the Sleep Train Arena.
The Los Angeles Clippers enter the third season under coach Doc Rivers and have their most talented team in franchise history. We all know about Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, a trio that’s as good as any in the NBA. But the Clippers now have depth beyond those three guys, which includes Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith and Paul Pierce. The bench production will now longer fall strictly on the hands of Jamal Crawford, especially if Austin Rivers can capture some of the magic he discovered in the playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers have their best shot to win an NBA championship this season, as this simply may be the most talented team Rivers has ever coached in his successful career.
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The Sacramento Kings have not made the playoffs since 2005, and coach George Karl hopes to make strides to change that this season. The Kings have a legit building block in DeMarcus Cousins, arguably the best center in the NBA and is coming off his best season yet. Now it’s a question of who can step up and help Cousins take the Kings to the next level. Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison provide solid point guard depth, while Ben McLemore is slowly starting to come into his own at shooting guard. The x-factor for the Kings will be rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, as he has the potential to be a true double-double player when on the court. The Sacramento Kings may still be a year or two away from a playoff spot, but they certainly have what it takes to win 30 or more games for the first time since 2007.
The Clippers are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Kings are 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. win and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Clippers have beaten the Kings in eight of the last nine meetings. There's little to expect that will change this time around. The Clippers are far more talented, deeper and know they have to get off to a fast start in the rough West. This number isn't high enough for me, so I'm siding with LAC for the win and cover.