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(3-11) Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers (8-6)
Date: Saturday, November 18
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Portland -12
NBA Betting Total: 199
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings finish a consecutive-night home-and-home series Saturday at Moda Center.
Entering this rare scheduling blip, each team holds opposing competitive goals. Portland hopes to thrive now while molding its young talent into viable complementary pieces to place alongside All-Stars Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Conversely, Sacramento is eschewing wins as veterans Zach Randolph and George Hill actively groom touted youngsters De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Frank Mason, and Buddy Hield.
Ripe with skilled recent draftees, Sacramento brass understands its better days will take years to develop. And the franchise’s record and statistical rankings reflect such thinking. Since Nov. 11 the Kings have been outscored by 101 combined points vs. New York, Washington, and most recently, Atlanta.
Meanwhile, during an up-and-down season, Portland has defeated Orlando and Denver to earn consecutive wins.
Sacramento lists Vince Carter as out for Friday’s meeting between Portland and Sacramento. Carter (Illness) is unlikely to compete in Saturday’s contest. As of early Friday evening, Portland lists no injuries.
Amid a deluge of early setbacks, the Kings’ historical 126-80 Wednesday loss vs. Atlanta exemplified all that is wrong with this Sacramento iteration.
The Kings shot just 35/60/21 as eight Hawks registered double-figure scoring, led by Dennis Schroder (21 points) and Dewayne Dedmon (20 points, 14 rebounds).
Meanwhile, Sacramento’s plodding pace and offensive ineptitude saw Randolph (16) and Hill (12) as the lone Kings to register twin figures.
The Kings’ bottom-three pace indicates Coach Dave Joerger’s readiness to feature his veteran players, namely Randolph, while fresh-legged novices such as Fox absorb knowledge.
And in a youth-oriented league, this knowledge cannot take hold quickly enough with Sacramento’s rookie stable. To illustrate the Kings’ scoring woes, consider that the franchise sporting the league’s longest playoff drought ranks either last or next-to-last in true shooting percentage, offensive rating, effective field goal percentage, and points per game.
To wit, the Kings trend toward the NBA’s bottom-third in defensive efficiency. Simply, any victory is a pleasant surprise for this Sacramento unit which is shaping up as one of the modern era’s worst.
Portland Trail Blazers
Two nights of basketball vs. Sacramento can either become a blindsiding trap or an oasis of competitive reprieve. Terry Stotts’ bunch hopes for the latter. And if the Blazers net consecutive wins vs. their downcast conference rival, a 10-6 record awaits.
Now rostering hulking center Jusuf Nurkic, the Blazers’ once breakneck pace has subsided. However, slightly re-adjusted Portland ranks among the league’s elite defensively and leads the NBA in rebounding percentage. Further, dynamic backcourt performers Lillard and McCollum still pose an ever-present threat of offensive ignition as the pair combined for 50 points in a quality 99-94 Wednesday victory vs. Orlando.
After alternating pairs of wins and losses, Portland seeks a season-high winning streak opposite Sacramento.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Portland is 6-4 SU at home this season
- Sacramento is 1-8 SU on the road this season
- Sacramento is 4-9-1 ATS this season
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
On the second night of a home-and-home, the statistical and eye-test factors sway overwhelmingly in Portland’s favor. This isn’t to say there is no chance for a Sacremento road upset, especially if momentum is built by a Friday-night win. However, the Blazers should pose too much talent for the Kings to overcome.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers – 8.0
The Portland Trail Blazers average 104.6 points (17th NBA) and allow 98.9 ppg (3rd) while shooting 44% overall (23rd) and 39% from deep (4th). The Sacramento Kings average 93.6 ppg (29th NBA) and allow 107.1 ppg (21st) while shooting 42% overall (28th) and 35% from deep (14th).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Blazers 106 – Kings 90
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