The New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings collide at the Golden 1 Center on Thursday night.
The New York Knicks have been in red-hot form as they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back after having their nine-game win streak halted by the Hornets in a 112-105 loss on Tuesday. RJ Barrett led the way with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists, Julius Randle added 16 points with eight rebounds and three assists while Mitchell Robinson and Immanuel Quickley scored 14 points apiece. As a team, the Knicks shot just 42 percent from the field and 11 of 40 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in full control when they poured in 45 points in the second quarter to take a 16-point lead into halftime, only to scored just 39 points in the second half to allow the Hornets to run them down in a disappointing finish.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have been in great form as they’ve won six of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to stay hot after routing the Pelicans in a 123-108 win on Monday. Kevin Huerter led the team with 25 points and eight assists, Domantas Sabonis racked up a triple-double of 19 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Davion Mitchell chipped in with 15 points and six assists. As a team, the Kings shot 56 percent from the field and 16 of 38 from the 3-point line as they struggled to gain any separation from the pesky Pelicans until the third quarter where they exploded for 38 points to jump out to a 24-point lead.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 32-11 ATS in their last 43 road games, 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Kings are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings overall, the Knicks are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Sacramento.
The Knicks could be shorthanded once again as Jalen Brunson is listed as questionable, while the Kings could have De’Aaron Fox back in the lineup as he was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice. The Knicks were one of the hottest teams in the league before they got stopped in their tracks by the shorthanded Hornets in a disappointing loss on Tuesday, but I think they can bounce back against the Kings who are coming into this meeting with plenty of winning momentum themselves. This should be a close one, but the Knicks are 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Sacramento and I think that trend continues here if Brunson is able to suit up.