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Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets - 1/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, California
The Line
The Line: Sacramento Kings -5.5 -- Over/Under: 235
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The Charlotte Hornets and Sacramento Kings meet Saturday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.

The Charlotte Hornets could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 112.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.1 points and 5.8 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Williams is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Sacramento Kings look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 114.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 116 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 20.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox is averaging 17.9 points and 7.3 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic is the third double-digit scorer and Willie Cauley-Stein is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have split their last 10 home games.

The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Kings are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest, 22-6 ATS in their last 28 vs. Eastern Conference and 11-0 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Sacramento. The over is 20-8 in Kings last 28 overall. The over is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 overall.

The Charlotte Hornets are simply getting destroyed defensively, as they've allowed a combined 255 points in their last two games and 113 or more points in eight of their last 10 games. There's no reason to even consider the Hornets in their current form, as they're going to lose and fail to cover unless they can return to their defensive roots. The Sacramento Kings have cooled off from where they were a couple of weeks ago, but that's only because they ran into a stretch where they played nothing but playoff teams. Against subpar and lesser clubs, the Kings have won and covered. This is a game the Kings should have a field day against that Hornets defense. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Kings at home.

Sacramento Kings -5.5

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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