Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (12-17) at Brooklyn Nets (13-15)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings invade Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
The Brooklyn Nets looked to be on a roll with three straight wins, but they hit the wall head-first in Saturday's 110-85 loss to the Pacers. Jarrett Jack had a nice outing of 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting while Joe Johnson added 18 points, but the rest of the team struggled mightily shooting just 28 percent from the field, which led to a disastrous 60-38 second half effort. The Nets did just play the night before, so fatigue may have been a factor in the Nets' terrible second half, but I really expected the Nets to play with more desperation with all those trade rumors swirling around. With the loss, Brooklyn drops to 13-16 overall and 7-8 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings had lost seven of eight overall before beating the Knicks by 135-129 in overtime on Saturday. Darren Collison had a huge game of 27 points with 10 assists on 9 of 10 shooting, while Rudy Gay added 29 points, but the biggest positive was DeMarcus Cousins who led the way with a season-high 39 points in his return from an illness. The Kings probably should have done a better job of closing out the Knicks in regulation, but nothing lifts a struggling team quite like an overtime win at home. Sacramento is now 13-17 on the season and 8-10 at home.
In ATS trends, the Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road agmes and 0-6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a double digit loss at home.
Head to head, the Kings are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Brooklyn.
You couldn't back either team with much confidence in this one but I'm definitely preferring the Kings whose key players all had big games in Saturday's overtime win over the Knicks.