Kings To End Long Home Losing Streak To Clippers Friday

Thursday, February 28, 2019 8:50 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 8:50 PM UTC

Big game at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff standings on Friday night with the Clippers and Kings wrapping up their season series.

LA Clippers (34-29, 35-28 ATS) at Sacramento (31-30, 32-28 ATS)

Friday, 10 p.m. ET

Free NBA Picks: Kings ATS

Best Lines Offered: BetOnline

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Wait, it’s March and the Sacramento Kings are playing in an important game!? We haven’t been able to say that since probably the 2005-06 season, which is the last time the Kings made the playoffs. Whether they end that NBA-long drought could partially depend on what happens Friday at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.

It’s pretty much guaranteed that six teams will make the West playoffs: Golden State, Denver, Oklahoma City, Portland, Houston and Utah. Thus, the final two spots will be a battle between the two Los Angeles teams, San Antonio, Sacramento and Minnesota. I promise you the NBA wants the Lakers and LeBron James to make it, but not sure that will happen.

Definitely would be a good story if the rising Kings snuck in. Alas, they will lose any potential head-to-head tiebreaker with the Clippers regardless of what happens Friday because L.A. leads the season series 3-0 – winning all three by at least nine points.

It should be noted the Clippers still had arguably their best player for those games in forward Tobias Harris, who was dealt to the 76ers around the trade deadline. Harris averaged 21.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in three games. Montrezl Harris also has killed the Kings this year, putting up 23.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Kings in averaging 19.3 ppg vs. L.A., while De’Aaron Fox is at 19.0 ppg and 7.0 assists.

The Clippers have won their past 12 visits to California’s capital city.

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The squad battled hard in tonight’s OT thriller ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/pXKabeT2eA

— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) February 28, 2019
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Bet Clippers Or Kings ATS?

Sacramento is just 1-4 SU in its past five games, but look at the schedule: at Nuggets, at Warriors, at Thunder, at Timberwolves and vs. Bucks. Minnesota isn’t as good as the other four, but the Timberwolves are very good at home. The Kings’ lone victory in there was an upset in OKC.

On Wednesday, the Kings were hard-luck 141-140 OT losers to the Bucks. Probably a game Sacramento should have won considering Giannis Antetokounmpo played just 24 minutes and little down the stretch or OT for workload management. Buddy Hield had 32 points and six rebounds for Sacramento, which lost surging rookie Marvin Bagley III to a left knee strain. He’s surely going to miss at least this game, meaning more minutes for Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica.

The Clippers were 111-105 losers in Utah on Wednesday, L.A. outscored by six in the fourth quarter. The Clips shot just 39.4 percent against one of the NBA’s top defenses and 5-for-26 from deep. Danilo Gallinari was an ugly 3-for-14 from the field, but managed 18 points thanks to 12-for-13 from the free-throw line. He ranks fifth in the NBA in hitting 91 percent of his free throws.

Clippers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

Kings are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up loss.

The Clippers have won eight straight games against the Kings, L.A.'s longest winning streak in the history of the series. That ends here as the Kings are a hugely different team at home in 2018-19. They win and cover even without Bagley.

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