Sacramento Kings (18-15) at Los Angeles Clippers (19-14)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 26, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -5 -- Over/Under: 236.5
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The Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out at the STAPLES Center on Wednesday night.
The Sacramento Kings have been in great form lately as they've won eight of their last 12 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Pelicans in a 122-117 home win on Sunday. Buddy Hield led the team with 28 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic provided the spark off the bench with 24 points and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein racked up 22 points with 17 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox chipped in with 19 points and 11 assists. As a team, the Kings shot just 42 percent from the field as they fell behind by as many as 19 points late in the first quarter, but they never gave up and found themselves with a thrilling comeback win after outscoring the Pelicans by 36-21 in the fourth quarter. With the win, Sacramento improved to 18-15 overall and 9-7 at home.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in a bit of a rut lately as they've lost seven of their past 10 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Warriors in a painful 129-127 road loss on Sunday. Tobias Harris drained six 3-pointers to lead the team with 32 points on 12 of 21 shooting, Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams each scored 25 points while Montrezl Harrell chipped in with 13 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 53 percent from the field and an impressive 18 of 23 from the 3-point line but it still wasn't enough to overcome the Warriors who won the game on a clutch layup from Stephen Curry who finished with 42 points. With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 19-14 on the season and 8-10 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Clippers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-0 in the last four meetings and the Kings are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings.
These two teams met back on Nov 29 and it was the Clippers who won by 133-121 at Sacramento, but the Kings have really turned things around while the Clippers are in a rut so I'm expecting a closer contest in this one. I'm tempted to take the Kings with the points as they are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, but the Clippers will be keen to make up for their mistakes against the Warriors. You could make an argument for either side, but the Clippers have been tough to beat at home and I think that trend continues here.