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(1-5) Sacramento Kings vs. Boston Celtics (5-2)
Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Mass
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Boston -11
NBA Betting Total: 197
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The Kings and Celtics have opened up their respective 2017-18 seasons on polar opposite ends of the success spectrum. Sacramento has just a single win in six outings, and it happens to be a win against a Dallas Mavericks squad that has come out of the gate 1-7.
Boston, on the other hand, dropped its first two games of the year, but has since gone undefeated winning five straight entering Wednesday night.
The Sacramento Kings are still figuring things out in a post-DeMarcus Cousins era. They have plenty of young talent, but no one on the roster is playing more than 28.6 minutes per contest.
Among the young talent that’s beginning to shine, look no further than first-round draft pick De’Aaron Fox. The 19-year-old leads the team in scoring at 12.7 points per night and has finally been inserted into the starting lineup.
Against Boston, look for Fox to be on the attack. Kyrie Irving has earned his reputation as a lazy, if not inept defender and Fox—one of the fastest players in the league in terms of end-to-end speed—should be able to get to the rim at will.
Defensively, Sacramento will have a similar problem that the Celtics are going to have. Stopping Irving could prove to be a difficult, if not impossible task.
Utilizing double teams, fighting through screens and, maybe most importantly, forcing the Celtics’ role players into big nights are going to be key defensive strategies if the Kings want to walk away victorious.
The Celtics enter this game on a five-game winning streak. They’ve won each of those contests by an average of 11.6 points per game.
Those games have come against the Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs—a nice mix of inferior competition and solid playoff opponents.
Against Sacramento, the Celtics should look to utilize Al Horford’s ability to stretch a floor. His jump shot should be a go-to weapon against the likes of young bigs Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein.
The C’s also need to control the tempo, and control the ball. There’s a tendency against young teams to get out and run and try to match their energy.
The Celtics are too well-coached to fall into that trap despite having a few young core pieces themselves, so expect Boston to put together a game plan early, stick with it, and avoid temptation (being a transition-based game against young legs.)
NBA Betting Trends:
- BOS are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Under is 12-3-1 in BOS last 16 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 15-5-1 in BOS last 21 home games.
- Over is 10-4 in SAC last 14 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Under is 12-5 in SAC last 17 road games.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
There’s no reason on paper that the Celtics should drop this game. As long as they play a clean game, they should get a win straight up.
The questions is: Can they put together another double-digit win and get a victory ATS?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Boston ATS
At this point, there’s no reason to believe they won. They’re coming off a big-time win over a contender in the San Antonio Spurs, and they should keep that momentum going against a team that is projected to be a bottom-two squad in the Western Conference.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston Celtics 114 – Sacramento Kings 99
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