Philadelphia 76ers vs Sacramento Kings betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game. In their first game since firing head coach Luke Walton, the Sacramento Kings entertain the Philadelphia 76ers. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
These are desperate times for the Philadelphia 76ers who are still missing their best player Joel Embiid who has been out with covid-19 for a while now. The team has won only once in their last 5 games and that was at Denver a couple of nights ago. Over the weekend they lost yet again, this time it was the Portland Trail Blazers who beat them 118-111. As it normally is in 76ers games these days, it was Tyrese Maxey who stepped up in Embiid’s absence and led the team with 28 points. Tobias Harris also had 28 and as a team the Sixers shot the ball at 50% from the field, however without their big man down low they simply couldn’t get stops down the stretch. Philly is just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games, they have just 1 win in their last 7 games overall.
The 123-105 loss vs the Utah Jazz was the final nail in the coffin of Luke Walton’s career as a head-coach of the Sacramento Kings. It was Sacramento’s 7th loss in 8 games and the team decided to part ways with him after 2 years of him being in charge. In his place comes Alvin Gentry and I’m interested to see what new ideas he brings to the table, considering he has been part of the coaching staff when Walton was there. The Kings have managed to avoid injuries this season, but that hasn’t helped them much as they are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games. Against the 76ers they have a poor home record against the spread, they’ve gone just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 when hosting Philly.
Normally when a team changes coaches it has a positive impact on the team in the short term. This will be a fresh new start for the likes of De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes, I think they’ll take advantage of all the injuries the Sixers have in this one and should come out on top at home. Give me Sacramento to cover.
Sacramento Kings – Philadelphia 76ers Odds
Sacramento Kings – Philadelphia 76ers Predictions
Kings -3.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
With their leading scorer out, the 76ers have actually done pretty well on the offensive end in their last 5 games. Aside from the game at Utah where they scored only 85 points, Philly has gone 100+ in 4 of their last 5 and the over has landed 4 times in their last 6 games because of that. Tyrese Maxey is no Joel Embiid, but he is averaging 18.4 points per game in his absence and Philadelphia ranks 3rd in the NBA in offensive efficiency. What cripples this team is their defense, they are just incapable of stopping teams right now. In their last 3 games they’ve allowed 109 points per game and on the road for the season they are giving up 106.7 per game. The Kings are also a team that relies heavily on outscoring opponents to win their games, they play at the 8th fastest pace in the NBA right now averaging 100.3 possessions per game. With an offensively minded coach like Gentry in charge now, I think we’ll see a lot of their games producing a lot of points. 2 of the last 3 meetings have gone over the total and the two teams have combined for 236.3 points in those 3 games. I’m thinking backing the over is the smart move in this one.
Over 216.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365