Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets - 12/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Houston Rockets at Sacramento Kings
Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 PM (Golden 1 Center)
Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings +5.5
The Houston Rockets travel to Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings. The Rockets come off a high scoring dominating victory on the road over the Phoenix Suns to improve their record to 20-9 on the season. The Kings come in on a three-game losing streak, losing their last game out against the Memphis Grizzlies 119-115 to drop their record to 12-17 on the season.
The Rockets are one of the highest scoring offenses in the NBA this season averaging 120.4 points per game. Leading the Rockets is MVP candidate James Harden who leads all the NBA in scoring with 38.8 points per game this season. Harden adds a team high in assists too with 7.5 assists per game. Manning the middle for the Rockets is center Clint Capela who averages a double-double this season with a team leading 14.6 rebounds and adds 14 points. Clint Capella is 2nd in the NBA in rebounds per game.
The Kings have struggled this season specifically on offense averaging only 105.1 points per game which ranks in the bottom of the NBA. Leading the Kings in scoring is Buddy Hield who averages 20.6 points per game while shooting 41.6% from the field. De’Aaron Fox adds 17.8 points per game and 6.8 assists per game for Sacramento.
The Sacramento Kings hold the advantage on defense allowing 107.9 points per game but allow opposing teams to shoot 47.1% from the field. The Rockets have one of the worst defenses in the country allowing teams to score 114.8 points per game and shoot 45.9% from the field.
The Sacramento Kings have been one of the more consistent teams in covering the spread with a 16-13 record ATS but are just 1-5 ATS in their last six games. The Rockets have a 14-15 ATS record this season but have covered the spread in their last two games. Final score prediction, the Houston Rockets high-powered offense allows them to run away in this game, winning and covering the spread.