Sacramento Kings vs Houston Rockets betting tips and predictions for Sunday’s game in the NBA. Just 2 nights after matching up in Sacramento and a 12 point win for the home team, the Kings and Rockets run it back again this Sunday. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Kings are still in the playoff race, at least according to their fanbase. Right now they are just a half game back of the 10th seeded Portland Trail Blazers which would give them the final play-in tournament spot and a chance to break the longest active playoff drought in the NBA. Sacramento is trying to get on a run, they’ve beaten the Lakers and Rockets in their last 2 games at home and with a somewhat tougher schedule coming up, winning the next 2 games vs the Rockets and Pistons could be huge for them. With the trade deadline coming up, there are rumors of a potential Ben Simmons trade to Sacramento, but the jury is still out on that. Bettors have been satisfied with the Kings lately, especially in home games where they’ve covered in 4 of their last 5. In their last 12 games played in January the Kings have gone 8-4 ATS.
The Rockets haven’t done so well against the spread lately covering just twice in their last 14 games. However they do have a solid record in head-to-head meetings with the Kings winning 15 of the last 19 against them, including 10 of the last 14 when playing on the road. Christian Wood led the way with 26 points in the defeat on Friday, while Eric Gordon and Kevin Porter Jr. both added 16 of their own. A total of 6 players scored in double digits for Houston, I expect a similar effort tonight as this team is well balanced when it comes to scoring the ball and doesn’t have a superstar capable of exploding on any given night. Houston hasn’t done particularly well vs Western Conference teams this season, they are just 1-6 SU in their last 7 such games.
With the Kings winning the meeting 2 days ago by 12 points, it’s hard for me to go against them in this one. They’re playing at home once again and so far this season they are a solid 13-13 ATS there, plus when they are the favorites their record reads 7-8 SU while for Houston they’ve lost 31 of 39 games when playing as the underdog. Back the home side to cover.
Sacramento Kings vs Houston Rockets Predictions & Odds
Sacramento Kings -6 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Scoring has never been an issue when these 2 teams match up. Defenses usually take the night off and that was exactly the case on Friday with a total of 240 points being scored. The Kings have had 2 games in a row of 240+ points scored, not really surprising for a team that plays the 9th fastest pace in the NBA and has only the 27th best ranked defensive efficiency. Houston plays a similar style ranking 29th in the NBA allowing 112.7 points per 100 possessions while averaging 102.3 possessions per game, ranking 3rd in the league only behind the Lakers and Timberwolves. The total has gone over in 13 of 16 games for them, including 7 of their last 9 on the road. Sacramento games vs Western Conference teams have gone over in 4 of the last 5, so even if both teams have a sub-par night shooting wise (which I don’t expect) we should still be in for a high tempo affair here. Back the points.
Over 238.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365