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Sacramento Kings vs. L.A. Clippers - 3/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Clippers at Sacramento Kings
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Golden 1 Center
Sacramento, CA
The Line
The Line: Sacramento -2.5 -- Over/Under 240
TV Channel
NSCA, FSPT
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NBA | L.A. Clippers at Sacramento Kings
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The Los Angeles Clippers pay a visit to the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on Friday night.

The Los Angeles Clippers have been in decent shape as they’ve split their last 12 games, but they will be aiming to bounce back after falling short against the red-hot Jazz in a 111-105 road loss on Wednesday. Lou Williams led the team in scoring with 18 points but shot just five of 18 from the field while Danilo Gallinari added 18 points on three of 14 shooting. Montrezl Harrell added 16 points off the bench while Patrick Beverley chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot just 39 percent from the field and a miserable five of 26 from the 3-point line, but they were able to hang with the Jazz until the fourth quarter where they managed just 22 points. With the narrow loss, Los Angeles fell to 34-29 overall which is currently good for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings were going through their best stretch of the season, but they’ve now lost four of their last five games and will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the Bucks in a 141-140 overtime loss on Wednesday. Buddy Hield led the team with 32 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic added 28 points with eight assists while De’Aaron Fox chipped in with 17 points and nine assists. As a team, the Kings shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 17-point third quarter deficit, but they were always trailing in overtime after the Bucks opened the period on a crucial 8-2 run. With the tough loss, Sacramento fell to 31-30 overall which is currently good for ninth place in the Western Conference standings.

Looking at the betting trends, the Clippers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Western Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a winning record, 23-9 ATS in their last 32 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Clippers are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in Sacramento.

The Clippers have understandably cooled off since the trade of Tobias Harris, but they’ve refused to roll over and almost pulled off the road upset against the Jazz on Wednesday. The Kings have their eyes set on a long overdue playoff berth, but they will have to rebound quickly after falling painfully short against the league-best Bucks on Wednesday. The Clippers are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall, but I think the Kings were impressive in their loss to the Bucks and I think they grind out the win in a high-scoring affair.

Pick:
Sacramento -2.5

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