Los Angeles Clippers (13-6) vs Sacramento Kings (10-10)Date : 11/29/2018
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Golden 1 Arena, Sacramento, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Los Angeles Clippers vs Sacramento Kings
The Los Angeles Clippers will travel to Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento, California, to battle the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Clippers continue to be on a high after winning two straight games along with seven of their last eight outings, overall, as they were 104 – 100 road winners over the Portland Trail Blazers in their last match up. Tobias Harris went 14-22 from the field while leading the Clippers with 34 points in the victory while also pulling down 11 rebounds on a night where the Clippers shot only 42% from the field. On the other hand, the defense for Los Angeles only allowed Portland to shoot 42% from the floor during the match up as Damian Lillard went 12-27 for the game with 30 points.
The Sacramento Kings have lost two straight games and will certainly be looking to get back on track after a 133- 112 home loss to the struggling Utah Jazz in their last time out as the Kings shot 47% from the field on the night led by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 20 points for the team; However, the Jazz came out of their offensive funk in shooting 53% for the night while picking up the blowout victory. The Clippers have covered the spread in four of the last 5 meetings amongst these teams while the over has been to play in nine of the last 12 meetings in Sacramento.
Los Angeles Clippers's Latest Performance :
The Clippers come into this matchup playing great basketball after going on the road and squeaking out a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in their last matchup as they relied on their young star, Tobias Harris, as he scored 34 points along with 11 rebounds in leading the team to a win. Danilo Gallinari chipped in 17 points for the Clippers in the win as well as they were able to only shoot 42% on the night, yet came up with critical baskets, when needed, in which to pull out the close victory.
This is been the way in which the Clippers have won in 2018 as they are beginning to play much better defense while their offense, despite having a few kinks to work out, continues to get production from their young stars as well as experienced veterans in which to pick up victories. They will certainly need to bring this focus and intensity into a matchup versus a Sacramento Kings team that has been up and down throughout the season yet also possessing a talented mix of young and experienced individuals that will be certainly looking to pick up a huge victory on Thursday night.
Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :
After winning two straight contests, the Sacramento Kings have came back to earth as they have lost their last two matchups with their most recent being a 19-point blowout loss to a once struggling Utah Jazz squad in their last outing at home. As stated, the Kings allowed the Utah Jazz to shoot 53% from the floor on the night as they were led by Ricky Rubio with 27 points on 11-16 shooting on the night. On the other hand, aside from Bogdanovich, Marvin Bagley III chipped in 18 points for the Kings in the loss as the kings were heavily outrebounded throughout the night by a 49-36 margin.
Fortunately for the Sacramento, they were able to continue their hot streak on the offensive end despite their recent loss; However, will certainly need to shore up defensive vulnerabilities in that the Clippers are coming into the game not as offensive juggernauts, but, are very skilled in making critical shots late games while also relying on their up-and-coming star in Harris as well as Gallinari to lead the team, from an offensive standpoint.
How Los Angeles Clippers & Sacramento Kings Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Los Angeles is 12 – 7 ATS while the OU is 12 – 7
Sacramento is 12 – 8 ATS while the OU is 13 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be an up and down matchup from the start as the Kings will certainly be looking to push the ball early and often. On the other hand, the Clippers are also a fast-paced team and will also be looking to push the ball on a Sacramento team that has been allowing their opponents to score much more frequently then they would like recently. In all, expect both teams to play well in what will likely be a high-scoring affair amongst two teams that are looking to halt their current losing ways, or, extend their outstanding play, altogether.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Clippers
My reason for the pick :
The Clippers have won three of their last four road games, and while the Kings have been simply average at home in 2018, for the most part, I will ride with the Clippers in which to pick up a victory in this matchup on Thursday night. As stated, the Clippers have really meshed together as a team nicely in 2018 while also currently being ranked at the top of the Pacific Division ahead of the Golden State Warriors. With that being the case, look for them to continue their winning ways versus a Kings team that continues to struggle, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this matchup as it has been the case in the last two home games for the Sacramento Kings while being the result in three of the last four games, overall, for the Los Angeles Clippers. As stated, the Kings have been giving up too many points on the defensive end recently, and I expect the Clippers to fully take advantage of this vulnerability throughout this matchup. Also, the Kings have also been much more accurate from the perimeter lately, which allows me to feel as though they will indeed keep this game interesting for a bit. Nonetheless, expect the total to surpass its set limit for this matchup as both teams will have solid nights on the offensive end.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Clippers:
- Clippers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games.
Over is 7-1 in Clippers last 8 overall.
Clippers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:
- Sacramento Over is 4-0 in Kings last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Kings are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.
Over is 6-0 in Kings last 6 overall.