Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 1/7/14
Portland Trail Blazers (26-8) at Sacramento Kings (10-22)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +5 -- Over/Under: 216 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers travel to Sacramento to face the Kings on Tuesday night in prime time NBA action.
Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Sacramento. The Kings are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, but just 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a double-digit loss at home and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games. The Trail Blazers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Here's the deal with the Sacramento Kings at home - They are really good against the good teams and really bad against the bad teams, it's as simple as that. The stats back the fact up as well as the Kings are a perfect 7-0 against the spread in their last seven home against a team with a winning road record, but just 4-16 ATS in their last 22 home games versus a team with a losing road record. It's really not surprising that a team like Sacramento gets up for the better teams in the NBA yet they don't bring that some focus when hosting the likes of Charlotte and Philadelphia, which are their two latest home losses, both by double-digits mind you.
Just look at the results from the start of December until now, the Kings have not only covered against, but they have won straight up against the likes of Houston, Dallas and Miami by an average of 11 points. On the other hand, they have been defeated by Charlotte, Philly, New Orleans, Utah and the Los Angeles Lakers. Go figure
While the Portland Trail Blazers are still one of the elite teams in the league, they have dropped three of their last five and their against the spread stats have been even worse as they have only covered in one of their last four road games and two of their last eight overall. It has to be mentioned that Portland has already defeated the Kings at home this season, running away with a 96-85 victory back on the 11th of November.
This isn't going to be a popular pick, but I'm going with the Kings here. I wouldn't spend my hard earned money on it, because we are still talking about Sacramento, but you can't ignore the glaring facts I just talked about above...
Dan’s Pick: Sacramento +5
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