Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/21/13
Sacramento Kings (7-17) at Orlando Magic (8-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -3.5 -- Over/Under: 201 See the Latest Odds
A couple of struggling teams clash tonight when the Sacramento Kings pay a visit to the Orlando Magic.
The Kings have lost five of their last six and are coming off a 122-103 trouncing thanks to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. DeMarcus Cousins led the team with 27 points on 11 of 15 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists, while Ben McLemore added 20 points, but despite shooting over 59 percent from the field, the Kings just had no chance of beating the Heat who shot over 61 percent from the field. With the loss, Sacramento drops to 7-18 on the season and 2-8 on the road.
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On Wednesday, Jameer Nelson led the Magic with 17 points, Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and 14 rebounds and Tobias Harris added 14 and 10 rebounds as the Magic fell to the Jazz by 86-82, despite holding them to 40 percent shooting. The problem was that the Magic shot an appalling 32 percent from the field which was exemplified by Victor Oladipo's one of 12 shooting performance. The Magic have now lost their nine of their last 11 outings to fall to 8-18 on the season and 5-7 at home.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, while the Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss and 16-35 ATS in their last 51 home games.
Head to head, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings and the Over is 4-1 in the last five as well.
The Kings really did put on an offensive show last night, but it was just a shame that it came against a much more talented Heat team. However, if they can duplicate that performance against this Magic outfit tonight, I think they can spring the minor upset and come away with the win in this one. The trends certainly don't support my prediction but I'm sticking with the Kings with the points.