Sacramento Kings (8-11) at Portland Trail Blazers (8-13)
NBA: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 10:00 pm ET (Moda Center)
Line and Odds: Portland Trail Blazers -4 Over/Under: 217
Free NBA Picks Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings are trying to find their footing under new Kings coach Luke Walton. Sacramento is still digging their way out of the hole created for themselves in the first couple of weeks of the year. They started off the season 0-5 with losses to the Suns, Blazers, Jazz, Nuggets, and Hornets. It could be argued that this was the natural result as Luke Walton, the coaching staff, and the Kings' players got used to each other. Since then, the Kings have gone 8-6 to get them within striking distance of a playoff position.
Sacramento is currently in 9th place in the Western Conference standings, 1 game behind the #8 Phoenix Suns. Still, they are way behind the 2 top teams in the Pacific Division. They are 9 games back of the division-leading Los Angeles Lakers and 6.5 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers. Following their 5 game losing streak to open the season, the Kings went on to win 7 of their next 10 games. They lost 3 of their last 4 games following that stretch, that includes, most recently, a loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The Kings' home loss to the Bulls on Monday may have been their worst loss of the season. This game was won and lost from beyond the arc. The Kings allowed the Bulls to hit 43.2% of their 3-point shot attempts. Zach Levine went 5 of 7 from 3, while Lauri Markkanen went 4 for 8 from 3 and Colby White hit 3 of his 6 3-pointers. Chicago took 37 threes out of their 75 total shot attempts. On the other end of the floor, the Kings were abysmal from three-point range. Sacramento hit just 9 of their 33 three-point attempts, hitting just 27.3% of them. Buddy Hield went 3/13 from 3 while Harrison Barnes went 1/5 from beyond the arc. This was a game where they definitely could've used De'Aaron Fox or Marvin Bagley III, who are both out with injuries. For a team that was playing pretty good basketball for about 3 weeks, a home loss to the Chicago Bulls is not something the Kings should find acceptable.
If there is one thing the Trail Blazers have been able to do consistently over the years, it's beat the Kings in Portland. The Blazers have won their last 11 home games against the Sacramento Kings. The Kings have only won in Portland twice since the 2008-2009 season, out of 19 meetings in Portland. The Blazers will try to keep that run of dominance going as they look to turn their year around. Portland started off by winning 3 of their first 5 games. After that, their season went into freefall. Portland would win just 2 of their next 12 games. A 5-12 start was pretty shocking for a team that consistently makes the playoffs and went to the Western Conference Finals last season. This is especially true considering the two most important players from last year, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum are still with the team.
In the midst of this slide, the Blazers went out and signed Carmelo Anthony. It could be argued that this was a move made out of desperation, but the results seem to be positive so far. Portland has gone 3-4 since his signing, and recently went on a 3-game win streak. Anthony even won Western Conference Player of the Week based on his performance through the streak. Unfortunately, that streak came to an end in with a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Trail Blazers were overwhelmed by the Los Angeles Clippers' depth in last night's 117-97 loss. Los Angeles' bench scored 66 points against the Portland defense. Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points off the bench, while Patrick Patterson put up 19. Patterson went 5/7 from 3, and that wasn't even the most impressive 3-point shooting performance. Paul George hit 6 of 7 3-pointers on his way to 25 points. Portland held Kawhi to just 3 of 15 shooting from the floor, but they were unable to stop the Clippers' 17/34 3-point barrage. Offensively, the Trail Blazers were shut down by the Clippers stingy defense. Damian Lillard went just 5 of 15 from the field on his way to 16 points. Carmelo Anthony went 2 of 9 from the field while scoring just 9 points. Portland shot just 25.9% from 3 and were held to 17 points in the 3rd quarter. While the Clippers are certainly a great team, this game was a setback to a team that had previously won 3 in a row.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Sacramento are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games on the road.
Sacramento are 0-10 SU in their last 10 games when playing on the road against Portland.
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland are 5-10 ATS in their last 15 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Portland's last 20 games against Sacramento.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Portland's last 13 games at home.
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