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New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings - 3/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
The Line
The Line: New York Knicks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 228
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The Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks meet Saturday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

The Sacramento Kings could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 113.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 21 points and 5.3 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox is averaging 17.2 points and 7.2 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Harrison Barnes is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost four of their last five road games.

The New York Knicks look to play spoiler while snapping a four-game losing streak. The New York Knicks are averaging 105.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Dennis Smith Jr. is averaging 15.1 points and 6.4 assists while Emmanuel Mudiay is averaging 14.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Kevin Knox is the third double-digit scorer and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 12.2 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four of their last six home games.

The Kings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 20-41-3 ATS in their last 64 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Kings are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 14-6 in Knicks last 20 overall. The under is 19-6-1 in Kings last 26 overall.

The Sacramento Kings are starting to fall apart at the worst possible time, but this game is more than winnable to help save their playoff chances. While the New York Knicks have been improved the last couple of weeks, they're still losing their last five games by an average of 8.2 points while allowing 47.8 percent shooting from the field. The Knicks are also just 11-20 ATS at home this season and 1-8 ATS when an underdog of less than five points. I am concerned about the time of this game, as noon on east coast for a west coast team can be downright brutal. However, this line isn't anything crazy and the Kings need this if they have any chance of staying in the playoff hunt. I'll eat the reasonable chalk. 

Sacramento Kings -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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