Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (38-19) at Sacramento Kings (20-36)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +7.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Portland Trailblazers travel to the Sleep Train Arena to battle the Sacramento Kings tonight.
The Portland Trailblazers have won six of their last nine overall and will be going for a third straight win after sneaking past the Thunder in a 115-112 shootout on Friday. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus each scored 29 points as the Blazers withstood a triple-double from Russell Westbrook to come back from a 15-point third quarter deficit. To be fair, the Thunder were playing without Kevin Durant so that takes a little away from the win, but the Blazers had already beaten the Thunder twice earlier in the season which has to be a major confidence boost for them.
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Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have lost 15 of their last 19 games and are coming off a 107-96 loss to the Spurs. Ben McLemore led the team with 21 points, while Ray McCallum added 20 points, but while the Kings started well against the Spurs, turnovers just hurt them down the stretch. Also, with DeMarcus Cousins out, the Kings lacked a go-to scorer in the paint which didn't hurt them until the Spurs took over in a 27-18 fourth quarter. Cousins sat out the game with a sprained left ankle and bruised left hip and his status for tonight is questionable.
In ATS trends, the Blazers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 10-22-2 ATS in their last 34 games overall.
Head to head, the Blazers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings and the Under is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the United Center to battle the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Clippers were able to put a halt to a two-game skid on Friday with a 97-79 win over the Grizzlies. Chris Paul led from the front with 19 points and 13 assists, DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 22 rebounds and JJ Redick added 18 points as the Clippers dominated the second half by 56-38 to crush the Grizzlies. This particular win was especially important because the Grizzlies took the first two meetings of the season, including a 90-87 victory just four nights prior, so this was one the Clippers desperately wanted. With the win, LA improved to 38-21 on the season and 15-13 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been enjoying plenty of success themselves, with seven wins in their last nine outings including a 96-89 win on Friday. With Derrick Rose out of the lineup once again, Aaron Brooks was inserted into the starting lineup but shot just two of 15 for his six points, but luckily Jimmy Butler resumed the role of leading scorer and poured in 28 points and received plenty of support from Mike Dunleavy who made five treys en route to 21 points. With the win, Chicago improved to 37-22 overall which is currently good enough for the third spot in the Eastern standings.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games, while the Bulls are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record and 5-12 ATS in the last 17 games following a win.
Head to head, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Chicago.
It's not quite yet confirmed if Cousins will suit up tonight, so I'm going to have to stick with the Blazers to win and cover and just hope that the Kings' leading scorer sits this one out.