Sacramento Kings vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 10/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (0-1) at Sacramento Kings (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Golden 1 Center)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -1.5 -- Over/Under: 205.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Timberwolves invade the Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
The Timberwolves will be aiming to claim their first win of the season after losing to the Grizzlies by 102-98 on opening night. Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with 25 points on seven of 14 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 21 points while Zach LaVine added 19 points as the Wolves hit the ground running and started the game with a 16-1 run, but it didn't count for much as the Grizzlies would go on to outscore the Wolves in the second half by 52-39 to escape with the win. Gorgui Dieng also had a nice game of 12 points with 14 rebounds and two assists but the Wolves needed more production from their bench who were outscored by the Grizzlies' bench by 29-17, so perhaps the rookie Kris Dunn may see an increase in minutes sooner than originally planned as Ricky Rubio shot just one of five for his four points in 33 minutes of action.
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Meanwhile, the Kings kicked off their season with a 113-94 win over the Suns on opening night, only to fall back to earth with a 102-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 37 points to go along with 16 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 17 points while Ben McLemore added 10 points off the bench, but no other player finished in double figures as the Kings shot 40 percent from the field as a team. Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo scored just seven points each and it seemed as though no one could protect the ball from the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard who finished with 30 points and five steals.
In ATS trends, the Wolves are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record, while the Kings are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Wolves are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Sacramento.
The Wolves couldn't get the job done in their season opener despite jumping out to that early lead, but they've dominated this matchup ATS in recent season, so I'm going for the minor upset and taking the Wolves to earn their first win of the season.