Sacramento Kings (2-3) at Portland Trail Blazers (2-2)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8 -- Over/Under: 224 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA preseason action at the Moda Center.
The Sacramento Kings finish up the preseason on the end of a rare back-to-back after getting blasted by the Utah Jazz. The Kings are averaging 113.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Yogi Ferrell is averaging 16 points and two assists while Harry Giles III is averaging 15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Buddy Hield is the third double-digit scorer and Nemanja Bjelica is dishing three assists. The Kings were blown out badly Thursday night against the Jazz and the defensive effort overall in these preseason games haven’t been good. Giving up 100 or more points in all five games this preseason, the Kings clearly have their work cut out for them with the regular season right around the corner. The Sacramento Kings have lost eight of their last 10 preseason games.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory to finish the preseason a game above a .500 record. The Trail Blazers are averaging 111.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 13 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jake Layman is the third double-digit scorer and Jusuf Nurkic is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Trail Blazers have shown great balance when you consider their star backcourt has barely played through three games. The Trail Blazers are shooting 40.9 percent from three and have been improved defensively the last couple of games. The one area to improve is the rebounding, as the Trail Blazers are 25th currently in preseason rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have seven of their last nine preseason games.
The Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and the under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 road games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Kings are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 30-12 in the last 42 meetings.
The Sacramento Kings have given up at least 100 points in every preseason game and just got waxed last night against the Utah Jazz. The Portland Trail Blazers usually shoot a high percentage at home and have been knocking down the three ball despite CJ and Lillard not playing a whole lot. Instead of playing with the chalk, I'm taking the over. Last preseason game, subpar defense from both sides, this is sure to be a high scoring game like we've seen from both of these teams up to this point.