Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston -8
The Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Thursday night.
The Sacramento Kings have had their bright spots this season, but they’re currently in a bit of a slump as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the Wizards in a 121-115 road loss on Monday. De’Aaron Fox led the team with 23 points and eight assists while Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica scored 15 points apiece. As a team, the Kings shot 45 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line as they recovered from a slow start with 40 points in the second quarter, only to fall short in the second half where the Wizards pulled away on the back of the play of Bradley Beal who finished with a game-high 27 points. With the loss, Sacramento fell to 33-33 overall and 13-19 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are still searching for consistency as they’ve won just four of their last 10 games and they will be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Clippers in a 140-115 road loss on Monday. Terry Rozier led the team with 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting off the bench. Jaylen Brown added 22 points while Kyrie Irving chipped in with 18 points and 11 assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line, but their defensive intensity just wasn’t there from the start as the Clippers shot a sizzling 61 percent from the field.
Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600, 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Celtics are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 home games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the under is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings in Boston, the Kings are 3-8-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston.
The Kings are looking like a young team on the rise, but they’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. The same could be said for the struggling Celtics who are coming into this one fresh off a 25-point loss to the Clippers. These two teams last met less than 2 weeks ago and it was the Celtics who escaped with a 111-109 win thanks to a game-winner from Gordon Hayward. I’m tempted to take the Celtics in a blowout at home, but they’ve been well below their best lately, so while I don't think the Kings get their revenge here, I think they'll do enough to get the cover.