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2021 NBA Handicapping
(10-8) Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings (9-11)
Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Total: OFF
The Celtics have lost five of seven but “unfortunate” may be a better word to describe that recent slide than “struggles.”
Jayson Tatum missed the first three losses and his return brought two quick victories. Since, Boston has lost close games in San Antonio and at home against the Lakers.
But in that loss to the Lakers Marcus Smart tore his calf. It’s a Grade 1 tear so he may only be out for a few weeks but the timing isn’t good, not with Boston just needing to change its fortunes slightly to get back on track.
Now, the Celtics are on a losing streak and down one of their most important players. Say what you want about the scoring of Tatum and Jaylen Brown or the name recognition of Kemba Walker; Smart is as important as at least two of those three.
He would have been the guy to lock down De’Aaron Fox. Boston is also still without Payton Pritchard, who could have filled in there too.
Then there’s Walker, who is still not playing the second game of back-to-backs. Brad Stevens may be tempted to play with some alternatives to that approach because without Walker, Boston will have to throw Jeff Teague on Fox for most of the night.
That’s not a winning strategy. Keep an eye on what Walker does against Golden State on Tuesday night and plan accordingly. It could be that Boston is in an especially tough position.
The Kings are at the bottom of their division and two games under .500 but they are not that far off from the bottom of the playoffs out West and have won four out of their last five games.
And now they are returning home, where they haven’t been since January 22.
The Kings beat the Pelicans by nine points on Monday night. De’Aaron Fox went 3-for-10 from three but 11-of-14 from two to score 38 points to go with 12 assists.
The rest of the starting five was in double-figures too, including Marvin Bagley, who finished with ten. Tyrese Haliburton had 11 rebounds and six assists off the bench.
So this is big opportunity for Sacramento, back at home with some rest against a short-handed Boston team that will be on the second night of a back-to-back with travel in between.
If the Kings are going to make a move, it ought to be now.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in Celtics’ last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction: Kings win.
This is an interesting spot.
Sacramento is going to get serious consideration in betting markets, given all that is going against Boston in this game.
But the Celtics have a great opportunity to play through Brown and Tatum and give some of the guys on the edge of the rotation big minutes.
But the thought of a guy like Teague or Carsen Edwards having to stop Fox all night is too much for me to ignore. I’ll take the Kings to win straight-up.
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