Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors - 10/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Golden State Warriors (51-31) at Sacramento Kings (28-54)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-BA, CSN-CA
The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings will play Wednesday night at the Sleep Train Arena.
The Golden State Warriors made Steve Kerr their head coach and displayed better ball movement and lights out shooting in the preseason. Having Stephen Curry come off more picks and finding ways to get Klay Thompson more open looks is bad news for the rest of the NBA. The Warriors have all the talent in the world to compete for an NBA championship but a true run will be determined on the consistency of Harrison Barnes, who has to start performing like a lottery player three years in the league. As for this matchup, the Warriors are likely going to be without David Lee due to a hamstring injury and Shaun Livingston with a toe injury. The Golden State Warriors are once again going to be a fun team to watch and remain that dark horse team in the West as long as the high percentage shooting continues.
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The Sacramento Kings are that young team in the West that could make some noise if some of that youth begins to blossom. DeMarcus Cousins really shined in the FIBA tournament and appears ready to put the Kings on his back this season. Rudy Gay is a consistent scorer and will be eager to bounce back after a poor shooting season last year. Gay is probable for this matchup despite dealing with a jaw injury. Darren Collison is a solid option at point guard and will have the Kings running up and down the court, while Nik Stauskas has shown in the preseason that he may in fact be worth the high selection Sacramento spent on him. However, Stauskas is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury. Overall, the Sacramento Kings seem to be one player away from really competing in the West but have enough in place to be a highly improved team from a year ago.
The Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Kings are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. the NBA Pacific and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
The Golden State Warriors are pretty much the Denver Broncos of the NBA. Due to their ability to put a ton of points on the board, you usually back them regardless of the line. In this case, the line is surprisingly low given the fact it’s the first game of the season. Take the Golden State Warriors to cover before it gets any higher.