Kings vs. Timberwolves - 4/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (26-52) at Sacramento Kings (31-47)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -4.5 -- Over/Under: 223 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN+, CSAC
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings meet Thursday at the Sleep Train Arena.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have won back-to-back games just twice since February. The Minnesota Timberwolves are averaging 101.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 47 percent shooting. Andrew Wiggins is averaging 20.8 points and 2.1 assists while Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 18.2 points and 10.5 rebounds. Zach LaVine is dishing 3.1 assists and Shabazz Muhammad is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Timberwolves are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their last eight road games.
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The Sacramento Kings could use a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 107 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 27.1 points and 11.6 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 17.2 points and 1.7 assists. Darren Collison is grabbing 2.3 rebounds and Rajon Rondo is dishing 11.7 assists. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Kings are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost 10 of their last 14 home games. Marco Belinelli is doubtful with a foot injury.
The Timberwolves are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss. The Timberwolves are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Sacramento and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
I'm not laying chalk with a Kings team that plays no defense and has an emotional player in Cousins who hurts the team as much as helps. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to play hard and simply have more overall talent than the Kings. I'll take my points even if I don't love this bet.