Sacramento Kings (3-1) at Houston Rockets (0-2)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -4 -- Over/Under: 227 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Houston Rockets play host to the Sacramento Kings at the Toyota Center on Thursday night.
The Sacramento Kings have won three of their first four games of the season and they will be looking to stay hot after upsetting the Nuggets in a 125-115 home win on Tuesday. De’Aaron Fox led the team with 24 points and nine assists, Richaun Holmes added 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting, Marvin Bagley III scored 18 points while Harrison Barnes chipped in with 13 points and eight assists. As a team, the Kings shot 48 percent from the field and 16 of 33 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 12-point halftime lead to fall behind by 10 points late in the third quarter, only to close the game on a 36-16 run to escape with the win.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Nuggets in a 124-111 road loss on Monday. James Harden led the team with 34 points, six rebounds and eight assists, Christian Wood added 23 points on nine of 20 shooting while David Nwaba chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 16 of 39 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by 10 points going into halftime, before getting blown out in the third quarter where they scored just 23 points to fall behind by 25 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. The Rockets are 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Kings are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Houston and the Kings are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Kings have started their season well and they must be brimming with confidence following their impressive comeback win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, but they’re now up against a talent Rockets team who are desperate for any win they can get. The Rockets haven’t been in winning form, but Harden has been playing well and the big news is that John Wall is set to make his Rockets debut in this one. It’s tough to know what to expect from the new-look Rockets, so I’d rather stick with the Kings in this one, especially if they play like they did on Tuesday.