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2021 NBA Handicapping
(23-13) Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings (15-22)
Date: Sunday, January 2nd
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat -143 | Kings +125 (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -3
NBA Betting Total: OFF
Sunday, January 2nd, finds the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings playing for the first time this season. The squads will finish the season series in Miami on March 28th.
Both teams played on Friday with the Heat defeating the Rockets 120-110 while the Kings lost 96-112 to the Mavericks.
Last season, the squads played twice with the Heat winning both contests. The Heat holds the all-time record having bested the Kings in 43 of their 65 matches.
Given the number of Heat players who entered the NBA health and safety protocols or were out (are out) injured they navigated that schedule segment well. They arrive riding a five-game winning streak and are 9-2 in their last 11 matches.
All five starters plus Kyle Guy scored in double-digits against the Rockets with Jimmy Butler leading the way scoring 37 points and having Kyle Lowry back so soon helped keep the offense flowing although his stats were meager (12 points, three rebounds, three assists).
Guy (17), Tyler Herro (16), Caleb Martin (11) offered double-digits. But the big revelation is young big man Omer Yurtseven who continues to thrive in his starting role producing a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds along with two each of assists, steals, and blocks.
Seven Heat players are in protocols with six downgraded to being out on Sunday including PJ Tucker, Udonis Haslem, Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, and Marcus Garrett. The lone player in protocols who is questionable for Sunday is Zylan Cheatman.
KZ Okpala (wrist) is also questionable while Dewayne Dedmon (knee), Markieff Morris (neck), and Victor Oladipo (knee) are out indefinitely. Bam Adebayo (thumb) will be out for up to six weeks.
The team that enters the New Year with ample questions on their future and what will happen at the trade deadline is the Sacramento Kings. They’ve failed to make the postseason for 15 consecutive seasons so the front office is under major pressure to get in this season.
On paper, the backcourt should work but in truth, the Kings looked far more cohesive with Tyrese Haliburton running the point instead of De’Aaron Fox.
Seven Kings scored in double-figures versus Dallas but only two scored more than 11 points. Haliburton led via a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists.
Marvin Bagley scored 15, Richaun Holmes and Harrison Barnes scored 11 while the trio of Fox, Chimezie Metu, and Damian Jones each scored 10 points.
Sacramento only has two players on the injury list with Richaun Holmes in health and safety protocols and Terence Davis nursing an ankle injury. Holmes is out on Sunday and Davis is questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 versus in their last 10 meetings
- The Kings are 6-4 ATS in the clubs last 10 games versus the Heat
- The over/under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 matchups.
- The Heat are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Kings are 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento’s last 6 games.
Free Miami Heat vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction:
The Kings rank 19th offensively (108.6) and 26th defensively (112.8) versus a Heat squad that ranks eighth (111.2) and sixth (107.0) respectively.
The Heat have far more players out but without Holmes, the Kings will struggle to stop the Heat in the paint and on the glass.
NBA Free Prediction: Heat 118 – Kings 104 (Bet Now!)
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat -3
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