Portland Trail Blazers (0-0) vs. Sacramento Kings (0-0)
October 19, 2022 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Sacramento Kings -1.5; Over/Under: +223.5
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The Portland Trailblazers travel to the Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Portland Trailblazers are coming into this fresh off a rebuilding year and it’s hard to visualize anything but a similar season after trading away most of their key players. Damian Lillard battled injuries all season, but still managed to lead the team with averages of 24.0 points and 7.3 assists per game, Anfernee Simons averaged 17.3 points and 3.9 assists per game while Jusuf Nurkic averaged 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. As a team, the Trailblazers scored 106.2 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from the 3-point line. CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr, Norman Powell and Robert Covington all traded away during the season.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings will be hoping for a better showing this season after finishing with a 30-52 record which was only good enough for 12th place in the Western Conference standings. De’Aaron Fox led the team with averages of 23.2 points and 5.6 assists per game, Domantas Sabonis averaged 18.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game for his new team, Harrison Barnes averaged 16.4 points while Buddy Hield averaged 14.4 points before getting traded away to the Indiana Pacers. As a team, the Kings scored 110.3 points per game while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Trailblazers are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games playing on three or more days’ rest. The Kings are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 23-8 ATS in their last 31 games playing on three or more days rest.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall.
The Trailblazers are just about at full strength for this one which is rare for them as they were plagued by injuries last season, while the Kings will be sweating on the availability of newly acquired Kevin Huerter. It’s hard to make an argument for either side on the first game of the season, but the Kings have the more talented roster and they should be good enough to scrape by in a close one.