Sacramento Kings (12-16) at Chicago Bulls (12-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 9:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Sacramento Kings invade the United Center to do battle with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
The Sacramento Kings have been in a bit of a slump lately as they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game skid after getting stopped by the Heat in a 118-110 home loss on Thursday. Nemanja Bjelica led the team with 25 points on 11 of 21 shooting, Marvin Bagley added 19 points with 10 rebounds while De’Aaron Fox chipped in with 11 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Kings shot 46 percent from the field and 15 of 41 from the 3-point line as they were always fighting an uphill battle after a slow start saw them trail by as many as 23 points in the first half. Buddy Hield scored just five points on two of 10 shooting in a night to forget.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in decent form lately as they’ve won three of their past five games, but they will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the 76ers in a 112-105 road loss on Friday. Zach LaVine led the team with 30 points and five assists on nine of 28 shooting, Wendell Carter Jr. added 15 points while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 12 points off the bench. As a team, the Bulls shot 42 percent from the field and just seven of 32 from the 3-point line as they hung in the contest right till late in the fourth quarter as they trailed by just two points until the final 2:16 where they scored just two points in a close finish.
Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bulls are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on zero days’ rest and 15-33 ATS in their last 48 games as a home underdog.
Head to head, the under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Chicago, the Kings are 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall and the Kings are 16-4-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Chicago.
The Kings haven’t been able to get over the line once in their last five games, but they never seem far from turning things around with young talents like Hield and Fox. The Bulls have been plagued with injuries this season, but they’ve been playing pretty well lately thanks largely to LaVine. I can see why the Kings are slight favorites here, but Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes are both listed as questionable for this one, so I'm taking the Bulls to pull off the minor upset at home in this one.