Free NBA Pick: Kings vs. Magic Lines
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2-3 (1-2 V) Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic 1-3 (0-1 H)
Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Amway Center – Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: -105
NBA Betting Odds: Orlando -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 199
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The Sacramento Kings have opened their season 2-3 and are coming off a two-game losing streak to the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat.
The Orlando Magic are 1-3 with their only win coming in their most recent outing against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.
These two face off at 7:00 p.m. ET Thursday night.
The Sacramento Kings’ most recent contest resulted in a 108-96 loss to the Miami Heat. But it wasn’t the final result that had everybody talking.
DeMarcus Cousins, the consensus best player on the Kings’ roster, entered the fourth quarter without a single foul. He then proceeded to collect six en route to fouling out.
Although Cousins was certainly guilty of committing fouls on most of those occasions, there was the question of how legitimate a couple of them were.
Boogie felt he was being targeted by the referees, but the fact remains that he needs to do a better job being in the right position and staying straight up when defending shots.
Against Orlando, the goal will be to limit open looks for Evan Fournier on the perimeter. The shooting guard is averaging the most points on the Magic so far this season (16.8), and he’s taking 5.5 three-point attempts per contest.
The problem for the Magic is that he’s shooting just 31.8 percent from behind the arc.
If Sacramento allows him enough space to convert on a higher percentage of those looks, it will give Orlando the spark it needs to improve its overall scoring.
On the year, the Magic are 29th in points per game across the Association. They’re posting just 95 points per contest, which puts them in second-to-last behind only the Philadelphia 76ers, who are barely above the 90-point mark.
Defensively, Orlando has been better but still nothing worth writing home about. The team is allowing 105.5 points per game, which is only good enough to put them right in the middle of the pack at 15th in the Association.
Against Sacramento, there are a few keys to victory, but the first and foremost is containing Cousins. Saying that is far easier than doing it, but the one thing that can put a team in the right position is to frustrate the big man.
Cousins isn’t known for keeping his cool, so rattling him isn’t a difficult task.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Kings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Kings are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Magic are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
The Magic have home-court advantage here, but the Kings have hands down the best player on the floor in Cousins.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Sacramento +1.5
Assuming Boogie doesn’t lose his cool or have another bizarre experience where he fouls out, the Kings should pull off the upset.
Don’t expect either defense to look great, but don’t be shocked, either, if both offenses struggle to generate efficienty production.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Sacramento 99 – Orlando 96
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