Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (11-15) at Golden State Warriors (22-3)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -12 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings face a tough task of trying to beat the Golden State Warriors at the ORACLE Arena tonight.
The Sacramento Kings have lost six of their last eight overall but were able to snap a five-game skid yesterday with a 108-101 win over the Lakers. DeMarcus Cousins continued his stellar season with 29 points, Rudy Gay had 24 points, Ben McLemore had 23 and Darren Collison added 19 as the Kings battled with the Lakers for the majority of the game before pulling away late. Defensively, the Kings had a clear plan to body up against Kobe Bryant and it paid off as he shot a miserly 8 for 30 for his 25 points which really hurt the Lakers' offense as they shot just 37.9 percent. Despite the win, Sacramento is still below .500 for the season, as they are currently 12-15 overall and 7-9 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors bounced back from their first loss in over a month with a nice 114-109 win over the surging Thunder on Thursday. Stephen Curry made five three pointers and finished with 34 points and nine assists while Klay Thompson added 19 points of his own, but the Warriors should definitely count themselves lucky as Kevin Durant sprained his ankle and left the game in the first half after pouring in an amazing 30 points in less than 20 minutes. Still, at the end of the day, a win is still a win so the Warriors improve their league-best record to 22-3 overall and 9-1 at home.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Warriors are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the Kings are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five meeitngs overall and the Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Golden State.
If Andrew Bogut was playing, I would be all over the Warriors to win this one easily, but with Cousins playing like a rock star, the Kings could be in with a chance tonight. David Lee is expected to make his long awaited return tonight which will certainly help the rebounding battle, but I still think the Kings can battle in the paint and keep this game close enough to cover the spread.