Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 1/12/14
Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) at Sacramento Kings (12-22)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -3.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers collide on Sunday night from Sleep Train Arena in prime time NBA action.
Head to head, the Cavaliers are 2-8-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings while the road team is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the underdog is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. The Cavaliers on the other hand are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, but just 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games.
It doesn't surprise me at that the over is 9-2 in the Sacramento Kings last 11 games overall, considering some of the shoot-out's they have been involved with in the past couple of weeks. Since that 95-87 loss in Charlotte on the 17th of December, the Kings and their 11 opponents have averaged 214.3 total points per contest. That also includes some games against the likes of Charlotte, New Orleans and Orlando twice. With Thomas inserted into the starting line-up and the additions of Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, who has actually been semi-efficient, Sacramento has been an offensive force to be rekoned with. As for their defense, well that's another story.
It looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers might be out of their scoring slump after all. After being held to 87 points or under on four straight occasions, albeit with Kyrie Irving missing for three of those, the Cavs have exploded with 111 and 113 points in recent wins over Philadelphia and Utah, respectively. I also heard somewhere that Cleveland plans to push the pace now that Luol Deng is there, which may or may not be true. Still, something to keep an eye on. While the Cavs have put up some very average scoring totals on the road this season, the over is still 9-4 in their last 13 road games.
What can I say. I think this is going to be another shoot-out tonight. Also interesting to note that these teams met last last season in Sacramento and the total finished on 242 points. However, all the previous three meetings were under 195 total points. The more I think about it, the more I like the over and I think it's the best bet on the board for a quiet Sunday night.
Dan’s Pick: 205
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