Cleveland (19-59 SU, 37-40-1 ATS) at Sacramento (38-40 SU, 44-32-2 ATS)
Thursday 10:00 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Kings ATS
Best Line Offered: Bovada
The Sacramento Kings are dead set on ending their streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons. Sacramento (38-40) needs a 3-1 finishing kick to post a .500 record and looks to continue the pursuit when it hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. The Kings haven’t recorded a .500 or better record since the Rick Adelman-coached squad went 44-38 in 2005-06, which also is the last time the franchise participated in the playoffs.
Sacramento was recently eliminated from postseason contention and has set its sights on ending the .500 drought. After the home game with Cleveland, Sacramento finishes the season this way: At Utah, home against New Orleans, at Portland. With road games against playoff teams Utah and Portland on the slate, the game against the Cavaliers is a must-win affair to keep the .500 goal legitimately alive.
Cleveland (19-59) is sputtering to the finish with six straight setbacks and is 0-3 on a five-game road swing. The Cavaliers also will likely be without power forward Kevin Love (shoulder) for the third straight game. Meanwhile, rookie point guard Collin Sexton is finishing the season with a flourish, having scored 20 or more points in 12 of the past 13 games. He had 18 points in the other contest. Sexton is averaging 24.0 points and has made 37 of 79 3-point attempts during the span.
Sacramento won the season’s previous meeting, 129-110 in Cleveland on Dec. 7. Point guard De’Aaron Fox recorded 30 points and 12 assists, and Hield added 25 points. Backup guard Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points for the Cavaliers, and Sexton added 23.
The Kings will be without rookie big man Harry Giles for the rest of the season with a thigh injury. Giles will ended up missing the season’s final 11 games, but the big mans absence will not be enough to keep the Kings from improving upon their already stellar 24-13-2 ATS record at home on the season.