Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings - 3/15/14
Sacramento Kings (23-42) at Chicago Bulls (35-29)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Kings have lost six of their last nine games but were able to get it together on Wednesday and take down the 76ers by 115-98. Rudy Gay led the scoring with 27 points, Isaiah Thomas added 20 and DeMarcus Cousins added 19 as the Kings snapped a three-game skid and improved to 2-3 on their current seven-game road trip. Defensively, the Kings did a great job of holding the 76ers to just 39 percent shooting and 20 turnovers, but where they really dominated was in their aggressiveness towards the basket which resulted in them making 50 trips to the free throw line where they made 40. With the win, Sacramento improves to 23-42 overall and 10-23 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls have won 12 of their last 16 games and are coming off a 111-87 domination over the Rockets. Mike Dunleavy led the scoring with 21 points, Kirk Hinrich added 19 and Carlos Boozer had 18, but in typical Bulls fashion, it was on the defensive end where they imposed their will. With James Harden held to just eight points and Chandler Parsons held to just two, the Rockets' starting lineup could never get into the game and a 35-16 third quarter simply put the game to bed. The bottom line is that the Bulls were the more aggressive and tougher team which is exactly what you expect from them, especially coming off a loss.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, while the Bulls are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Head to head, the Kings are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Chicago.
Once again, the Bulls are in danger of having a letdown performance after a strong win but that already happened last time so I doubt it happens again so soon... at least I hope not.