Portland Trailblazers vs Sacramento Kings Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-1-2018




Portland Trailblazers (21-16) vs Sacramento Kings (19-17)

Date : 01/01/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Golden 1 Arena, Sacramento, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Portland Trailblazers vs Sacramento Kings

The Portland Trail Blazers will travel to Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento, California, to battle the Sacramento Kings on January 1st at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Sacramento remains winners of  three of their last five games, overall, however, have lost two of their last three as they suffered a setback to the Los Angeles Lakers on the road in their last outing as they were able to take a four-point lead at the half while maintaining this lead throughout the end of the third period. However, the Lakers went on a furious rally in the fourth quarter as they outscored the King’s 29-19 in which to pick up the come-from-behind victory in the end in what was an exciting game from start to finish.

As stated, the Portland Trail Blazers have been up and down lately, yet got back into the win column in their last outing versus the Philadelphia 76ers as the offense was on fire in shooting 59% from the floor as well as 54% from three-point range as CJ McCollum led the team with 35 points as he went 4-7 from three-point range for the contest. The Trail Blazers are 3-1-1 against the spread in the last five meetings with the Sacramento Kings while the under has been the play in 30 of the last 42 meetings, overall, amongst these two teams.

 

Portland Trailblazers's Latest Performance :

Damian Lillard has scored at least 20 points in seven of the Blazers last eight games prior to their meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers. And while he ended with only fifteen points on the night  in their last outing at home versus Philly, CJ McCollum took over the scoring for this matchup as he went 13 for 18 from the floor while finishing with 35 points on the night to lead Portland over what was a lifeless Philadelphia squad without Joel Embiid in the lineup, as stated. Lillard also chipped in seven rebounds along with dishing out five assists for Portland as they shot 59% as a team while connecting on 12 three-point attempts during the contest versus a Sixers team that could only muster 35% shooting from the floor while connecting on just a nine of 43 attempts from long range. As stated, Simmons led the team with 19 points while JJ Reddick along with Jimmy Butler struggled as they went a combined 5 – 23 for the night while having 11 and five points, total.

Portland has certainly not been known for their overall defensive prowess in 2018, yet they delivered a outstanding defensive performance versus a  shorthand Philadelphia 76ers team. Nonetheless, they look to put in yet another stellar defensive performance versus a Sacramento team that has certainly been able to put the ball in the hoop; However, have also not been able to prevent other teams from being efficient on the offensive end of the floor this season, either.

 

Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :

And while the offense simply keeps coming for the Sacramento Kings during this time, their problem has come due to their current defensive philosophy as they are only winners of five of their last 10 games, overall, due to constant defensive mishaps. Nonetheless, during this time, the Kings are averaging 116 points while their defense has allowed teams to score an average of 120 points. And while the Kings are ranked in the top 10 within the league in points scored per game along with shooting percentage, they also rank near the bottom in allowing teams to shoot at a 40% clip on a nightly basis while also averaged a total of 117 points per game.

In fact, the Kings allowed the Lakers to post 37 points in the first quarter of their last outing while the Lakers also went on a tear in the fourth in which to pick up the slim victory over Sacramento at home. Both teams shot 48% from the floor while Sacramento connected on 13 3-point attempts compared to 15 for the Lakers as De’Aaron Fox along with Buddy Hield led the team with 26 and 21 points, respectively, as Bogdan Bogdanovic also chipped in 21 points on the night in addition to also going 3-6 from three-point range.

On the other hand, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 26 points for the game while Josh Hart had 22 points along with seven rebounds for the Lakers in the much-needed win without their star in LeBron James being in the lineup. Brandon Ingram also chipped in 21 points while pulling down seven rebounds in addition to dishing out nine assists. Nonetheless, the Kings will look to move on from this matchup in which to face a Portland team that is certainly on a high after beating up on the Philadelphia 76ers at home in their last outing.

 

How Portland Trailblazers & Sacramento Kings Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Portland is 18 – 19 ATS while the OU is  18 – 19

Sacramento is 21 – 15 ATS while the OU is  25 – 11

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an interesting matchup in that the Portland Trail Blazers will certainly be looking to continue their success after a huge win over the Sixers at home.  And while the Blazers are winners of two of their last three road games, altogether, Sacramento happens to be winners of four of their last six home games, overall, and will certainly be looking to get back on the winning track after a deflating loss to the Lakers on the road. Nonetheless, expect this to be a very competitive, fast-paced matchup almost two teams that will be looking to push the pace constantly in which to gain an advantage while also getting back on the winning track.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Sacramento Kings

My reason for the pick :

While I have doubt that the offense for the Trailblazers will certainly put some points on the board versus a Kings defense that has not been able to hunker down on the defensive end as of yet, look for the Kings to take control of this game in the second half while also pulling out a much-needed victory in the end. Again, neither of these teams are known for their defensive style of play, which means that both teams will certainly have solid lights on the offensive end. In all, I simply happen to believe that Sacramento has been the most consistent offensive team of the two as this will certainly be illustrated towards the end of the contest.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the over in this matchup as it has been the play in nine of the last 10 games, overall, for the Sacramento Kings along with being the result in five of the last six games at Golden One Arena. With that being the case, look for a Sacramento team to lead with their offense in this matchup versus a Portland team that has had struggled in defending opponents in 2018. Of course, Portland will also bring their offensive game in this matchup as they will  also have a solid night versus a Kings defense that continues to give up points in bunches.

Betting trends for Portland Trailblazers:

  • Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
    Trail Blazers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
    Under is 5-0 in Trail Blazers last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.

Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:

  • Kings are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
    Over is 7-1 in Kings last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
    Over is 5-1 in Kings last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.