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2023 NBA Handicapping – Kings vs. Portland
(46-30) Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers (32-44)
Date: Friday, March 31st
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Moneyline Odds: Kings -1200 | Trail Blazers +800 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Kings -16 | Trail Blazers +16
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 231.5
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First thing to remember is that these two teams are fresh off facing each other Wednesday night. The result was as one-sided as it gets.
The Kings entered Moda Center earlier this week looking to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2006, and they did it in grand fashion, blowing out the Blazers, 120-80.
Portland entered that contest as 12.5-point underdogs, but the team failed to cover with four starters sitting and eyes officially on the NBA Draft Lottery.
On the year, the Kings are 42-33-1 overall against the spread, 24-13 ATS as the away team and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 overall.
Additionally, the Trail Blazers are 36-40 against the spread on the season, 18-21 ATS as the home team and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 overall.
So far, these teams have faced off three during the 2022-23 regular season.
- Wednesday, October 19 @ Sacramento: Trail Blazers 115 – Kings 108
- Thursday, February 23 @ Sacramento: Kings 133 – Trail Blazers 116
- Wednesday, March 29 @ Portland: Kings 120 – Trail Blazers 80
Friday marks the forth and final time these two squads will meet this year.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current during games on Monday, March 27. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Tuesday, March 28.
Overall, the Kings enter this one scoring 121 points per game—a number that ranks 1st in the league.
When looking at the advanced stats, the Kings score 117.2 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them in the No. 1 spot so far this season.
Overall, defensively, this team is allowing 118 points per game. That number ranks 26th in the Association.
When looking at Defensive Efficiency, this group gives up 114.6 per 100 possessions—a number that also ranks 25th across the league.
Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
The Kings enter Friday as one of just a few teams with a clean injury report.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers enter this one scoring 113.4 points per game—a number that ranks 19th across the NBA.
Also, when looking at the advanced stats, the Trail Blazers score 112.4 points per 100 possessions, putting them in the No. 13 spot so far this season.
Defensively, this team is allowing 116.4 points per game, which ranks 19th in the Association.
When looking at Defensive Efficiency, this group gives up 115.3 per 100 possessions, which ranks 27th.
Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
Summarizing the injury report…
- Trendon Watford, PF (Questionable—ankle)
- Keon Johnson, SG (OUT—finger)
- Jerami Grant, SF (OUT—quad)
- Anfernee Simons, SG (OUT—foot)
- Jusuf Nurkic, C (OUT—knee)
- Damian Lillard, PG (OUT—calf)
- Justise Winslow, PF (OUT—ankle)
- Ibou Badji, C (OUT—knee)
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Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends:
- First, Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Also, Kings are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Conversely, Trail Blazers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games.
- Additionally, Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Finally, Kings are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Usually, it’s the team on the wrong end of the blowout with the inherent advantage the next time out. After all, they’re the ones who can take lessons from the loss and course-correct.
In this case, however, there’s no reason to trust the Blazers will look any better on Friday night.
Portland Is Cooked
ESPN.com’s Matchup Predictor currently favors the road Kings 79.9 percent of the time. That’s compared to just 20.1 percent toward the Trail Blazers.
With Damian Lillard shut down for the season and four total starters out of the rotation, Portland won’t earn many—if any—wins over their final six contests.
Rookie Shaedon Sharpe is both the silver lining and the reason to tune in each night, but a roster of Sharpe plus whatever YMCA squad Chauncey Billups runs out won’t get it done.
Light The Beam
Conversely, the Kings have officially clinched a playoff berth with their last win over Portland and continues to look the part of a top-three team in the wide-open Western Conference.
Although it’s impossible to ever predict a 40-point blowout…I was on the right track last game forecasting a 20-point Sacramento win and a victory ATS.
This time out, I’m going the same route.
The Kings should come out firing and take any mystery out of this one early. I’m not afraid to pick Sacramento by 20 points again. I’m just afraid, like last time, that might somehow look conservative by the final buzzer.
Give this one to the road Kings both SU and ATS.
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