Sacramento Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves
|Date & Time||Monday February 25, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota -3
The Sacramento Kings pay a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Monday night.
The Sacramento Kings have been in nice form lately as they’ve won six of their past nine games and they will be looking to stay hot after upsetting the Thunder in a 119-116 road win on Saturday. Buddy Hield led the way with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists, Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox each scored 19 points while Bogdan Bogdanovic chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Kings shot 45 percent from the field and seven of 19 from the 3-point line as they dominated early to lead by 63-49 going into halftime before having to hold off the Thunder a fourth quarter rally. With the impressive win, Sacramento improved to 31-28 overall which is currently good for ninth place in the Western Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t been at their best lately, but they were aiming for a fourth straight victory before running into the Bucks on the second night of a back to back set to lose by 140-128 on Saturday. Derrick Rose continued his stellar season with 23 points in just 23 minutes of action, Taj Gibson added 20 points while Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the 3-point line really took it to the Bucks in an inspired effort until the Bucks ramped up their defense in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 33-19. With the tough loss, Minnesota fell to 28-31 overall which is good for 11th place in the Western Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. The Timberwolves are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Minnesota and the over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings overall.
The Kings are on a bit of a roll now as they come into this game fresh off a solid road win over the red-hot Thunder, but it won’t be easy against the Timberwolves who reeled off three straight wins before running into the Bucks on Saturday. The Kings are leading the regular season series by 2-1, but it was the Timberwolves who won the last meeting by 132-105 back on Dec 17. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Timberwolves rolled the Kings once again to square the series, but the Kings have so much more to play for and I think they can stay in the hunt for the eighth seed in the Western Conference with a much-needed win here.