Sacramento Kings (13-12) vs Chicago Bulls (6-21)Date : 12/10/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Sacramento Kings vs Chicago Bulls
The Sacramento Kings will travel to United Center in Chicago, Illinois, in which to face the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Sacramento halted a three-game winning streak in their last outing as they fell to the Indiana Pacers on the road by a 107 – 97 score as Thaddeus Young and Bojan Bogdanovic combined for 38 points for the Pacers while their defense neutralized a high scoring offense for Sacramento throughout, in the win.
On the other hand, the Chicago Bulls could not build from the momentum of a home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder by 2 points in their prior outing as they fell to the Boston Celtics at home by a 133 – 77 score as the Bulls scored only 17 points in three of the four quarters for the contest while ending the game shooting 38% for the night from the field while making only six of 28 3-point attempts. The Kings have covered the spread in 12 of the last 16 meetings versus the Bulls at United Center while the under has been the play in five of the last 6 meetings against Chicago, overall.
Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :
Sacramento was on a high prior to their last meeting versus the Indiana Pacers as the had won three straight to where their offense averaged 120 points in their last three outings prior. Nonetheless, the Indiana Pacers only allowed the Sacramento Kings to shoot 32% from the floor in this outing while only connecting on 24% of their 3-point attempts on the night. Buddy hield went 4-12 from three-point range on the night while ending with 20 points to lead the kings in scoring while De’Aaron Fox chipped in 18 points along with six assists in the loss as well as the Indiana Pacers closed out the game by outscoring the kings 34-27 in the final quarter in which to seal the victory.
The Pacers outrebounded the Kings 52-43 in the win while Bogdanovich along with Young led the team in scoring; However, Darren Collison along with Domantas Sabonis chipped in 14 points along with six assists in addition to fourteen points and six rebounds for the Pacers in the much-needed win. Sacramento will certainly look to get back on track on the offensive end in this matchup versus the Chicago Bulls as they are allowing opponents to score 119 points during their last three outings, overall.
Chicago Bulls's Latest Performance :
While Chicago has certainly had some ugly losses this year on the offensive end, none can compare to their last outing as they were outplayed in every way while shooting only 38% from the floor during the contest. Shaquille Harrison led the team with 20 points as he went 3-5 from three-point range while Zach LaVine went 4-6 from the field in ending with 11 points in the deflating loss for the Bulls, their 8th loss in their last nine outings, overall. On the other hand, the Bulls allowed the Boston Celtics to shoot over 50% for the night both from the field along with from three-point range as the Celtics made 22 three-pointers on the night while being led by Jayson Tatum, who went 4-4 from long-range while ending with 18 points. Jaylen Brown along with Daniel Theis scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, for the Celtics in the wind as they went a combined 5-7 from long-range as well.
And while the defense has remained solid, for the most part, in 2018, the defense for Chicago was non-existent in matchup. On the other hand, their offense continues to struggle on a nightly basis, yet will be looking to get back on track versus a Sacramento team that has played much better on the defensive end recently, however, continues to allow teams to shoot 48% from the floor per game while being ranked in the lower tier within the league in points allowed per game.
How Sacramento Kings & Chicago Bulls Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Sacramento is 15 – 10 ATS while the 16 – 9
Chicago is 13 – 14 ATS while the OU is 9 – 17
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for the Kings to look to get back on track offensively in this matchup versus the Bulls on Monday night as they certainly stunk it up versus the Indiana Pacers in an area to where they had shined prior. On the other hand, also look for their defense to be solid in this game as well as the Bulls continue to struggle on the offensive end due to a severe lack of consistency from each of their players. Of course, the home team will certainly look to reverse the trends in this matchup as they will be facing a Kings team that continues to possess a bit of confidence due to their winning ways lately, however, suffered a huge setback with a loss versus the Pacers to where their offense was non-existent throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Sacramento Kings
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Kings to get back on track versus the Chicago Bulls in this matchup as they will certainly fare much better from the field than in their last outing versus a defensive-minded Pacers squad. Of course, one would expect the visitors to push the pace early and often in this matchup in which to catch the Bulls defense on its heels. On the other hand, the Bulls will be looking to push the pace as well as their offense has not fared well in half court sets throughout the year. Nonetheless, the Kings will indeed pull out a much-needed win in this contest due to their ability to kick start their offense in which to score points in bunches.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
As stated, the Bulls may have indeed struggled on the offensive end in 2018, however, their defense has been solid for much of the year, despite giving up 133 to the Boston Celtics in their last match up. With that being the case, look for the Bulls to come out an illustrate a much better performance than the one versus their last opponent as the they will certainly shoot better from the floor in this contest. Also, look for the Bulls will be much more competitive on the defensive end as well, thus allowing the under to be the huge play in this matchup.
Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:
- Kings are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
Betting trends for Chicago Bulls:
- Under is 3-0-1 in Bulls last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Bulls are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Monday games.