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(23-21) Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets (20-23)
Date: Thursday January 17th
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -3
NBA Betting Total: 230
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So far Sacramento is staying afloat in the Western Conference sitting just 1/2 a game out of the 8th seed. That’s something the Kings really haven’t been able to say the last few years heading into late January and February.
Charlotte is also sitting in a good spot, holding onto the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Obviously we’re not even to the All-Star break and there’s a lot of basketball to still be played, but Thursday nights game at the Spectrum Center is critical for both teams.
The Kings are in a tough spot Thursday traveling cross country for an early 7:00 PM ET start. Sacramento has played the last three at home, posting wins in each game. The last time Sacramento was on the road, they dropped a 111-115 contest in Phoenix as -4 road favorites. Sacramento has now dropped four straight road tilts.
Sacramento likes to push the pace, ranking 2nd in the NBA in possessions per game. Is that style of play going to be compromised playing on the road with 2 days rest? The Kings have scored at least 111 points in six of the last seven games and Charlotte might not have the offense to keep up with that kind of output.
Besides the transition game, Sacramento also should have an edge on the blocks. Starting C Cody Zeller is out for the Hornets while the Kings welcomed back their big man Marvin Bagley III three games ago. Coupled with Willie Cauley-Stein down low, Sacramento should win the rebounding battle.
One big question ahead of Thursday’s game is if Sacramento can ramp up their defense and grind out a win if the game is slower paced? The Kings are 27th in the NBA in points allowed per game. The Kings have given up 118 ppg their last two road games and Charlotte actually has a top 10 scoring offense.
Oddsmakers have set the O/U at 230 so they’re expecting a decent amount of points in this contest.
Is Charlotte ready for a fast paced game? They’ve dropped 3 of their last 4, failing to break 110 points scored in any game. The Hornets could also be a bit fatigued after having just wrapped up a six game West Coast road trip. At least Charlotte will have had two nights off before Thursday’s contest.
One of those games on the Hornets recent road swing was a 97-104 defeat at Sacramento. Kemba Walker shot just 11-24 from the field in that game, 3-12 from three point range. You have to think Walker shoots better at home and Charlotte also has the advantage of outrebounding the Kings in the last game 56-49.
Another major question is what kind of offensive contributions Charlotte can get outside of Walker if this indeed does turn into a shootout? Nobody besides Walker had more than 13 points for the Hornets in the game 5 days ago. Sacramento had three players with 20+. Will the Kings depth be what ultimately gives them the advantage Thursday?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Kings are 0-4 ATS their last four road games
- Kings are 5-1 ATS their last six overall
- Hornets are 2-5 ATS their last seven overall
- Hornets are 0-5 ATS their last two on 2 days rest
- Road team is 5-1 ATS the last six H2H meetings
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
Expect the Kings to be a bit rusty as they travel cross country for an early start. The Hornets will be amped to play just their 2nd home game of 2019. Two days rest does help the Kings, but they’ve also played just one road game in 2019. This contest has sloppy written all over it.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets -3
Charlotte gets the edge at home in this lower scoring affair.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 111 – Kings 106
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