Chicago Bulls (3-4) at Sacramento Kings (3-4)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Golden 1 Center)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -6.5 -- Over/Under: 232 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the Golden 1 Center to battle the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been in surprisingly good form with four wins in their last five outings and they will be gunning for a third straight win after last night’s 111-108 upset win over the Trailblazers. Coby White led the team with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Otto Porter Jr. added 19 points with 13 rebounds, Zach LaVine scored 18 points with nine assists while Patrick Williams and Garrett Temple each scored 14 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 41 from the 3-point line as they were slow out of the gates and quickly found themselves trailing by as many as 20 points, before taking control of the game in the second quarter where they held the Trailblazers to just 15 points. The second half belonged to the Bulls who just never relented once they stole the momentum.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings started their season with three wins in their first four outings, but they’re suddenly looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat after getting routed by the red-hot Warriors in a 137-106 road loss on Monday. Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox each scored 18 points while Buddy Hield scored 10 points, but no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Kings shot just 37 percent from the field and 10 of 35 from the 3-point line as they Kings didn’t match the intensity of the Warriors early on and quickly found themselves behind by 20 points going into halftime and the margin only grew as the game wore on.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Kings are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record, 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 1-6-2 ATS in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall and the Bulls are 1-4-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Bulls have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league while the Kings are headed in the opposite direction with three straight losses. I want to believe the Kings can bounce back against the shorthanded Bulls, but you just feel that they’ll struggle again if they get off to another slow start. The Bulls are playing this one on zero days rest, but they were impressive in last night’s comeback win over the Trailblazers and I think they’ll be good enough to at least keep it close.