Free NBA Picks for Wizards vs. Kings

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:43 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014 12:43 PM GMT

Can Matthew find us a winning way for us to make our basketball picks when the Washington Wizards play the Sacramento Kings? Let's go over the sports betting odds.

It's the start of a four-game road trip through the Western Conference for Washington on Tuesday night in Sacramento. The Wizards seem a lock to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season and a successful trip could bolster their seed chances. Washington only has four road games left after this trip. The Wizards are a solid 18-15 on the road but only 17-16 at home, however. They are 2-point favorites on NBA odds with a total of 203 for sports bettors.

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A Drew Gooden Sighting!

Washington (35-30-1 ATS, 36-30 O/U at sportsbooks) enters on a two-game winning streak and cooled off the streaking Nets 101-94 in D.C. on Saturday night in a potential first-round playoff preview. It had to be quite a confidence-building win as the Wizards were down 10 points in the fourth quarter and it was their first victory over a team with a winning record since Feb. 27 in Toronto. The Nets were previously 33-1 when leading after three quarters. Washington didn't allow a basket in the final 6:22.

The Wizards' Drew Gooden, who was recently signed off the street, had 11 of his 21 points in the fourth. He's on his second 10-day contract and almost surely will now be signed for the rest of the season, especially with big man Nene likely out the rest of the regular season with a sprained left knee. Bradley Beal was a somewhat surprise starter for the Wizards as he had sprained his ankle in Friday's win over Orlando and had to be carried off the court. He finished with 15 points Saturday. Martell Webster played despite a back injury that had him as a game-time decision.

Washington's John Wall totally dominated counterpart Deron Williams and finished with 33 points and six assists. It might surprise you to know that Wall leads the NBA in total assists (not per game). He's also No. 2 in total turnovers behind Golden State's Stephen Curry.

Kings Happy To Be Home

Sacramento (30-35-2 ATS, 31-34-2 O/U at sportsbooks) returned from a season-high seven-game road trip with a 2-5 record, the only wins coming at the NBA's two worst teams, the Bucks and 76ers. The trip closed with Sunday night's 104-102 defeat in Minnesota. On the bright side in that one, Derrick Williams had one of the best games of his career with the Kings as he had 26 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. He was acquired from Minnesota back in November.

The Kings played Sunday without star center DeMarcus Cousins and it showed as Minnesota's Kevin Love had 26 points and 10 rebounds, while rookie center Gorgui Dieng made his first career start (Nikola Pekovic was out injured) and had 12 points and 11 rebounds against a Cousins-less frontcourt. Sacramento coach Mike Malone said it was simply a maintenance game off to rest Cousins and he should play Tuesday. Ironically, the last time Williams had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds was also a game Cousins didn't play (Feb. 28). However, the Kings are 0-10 without Cousins this year. The Kings were officially eliminated from the playoffs, the eighth straight season they will miss out.

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Season Series

On Feb. 9, the Wizards beat the visiting Kings 93-84. Nene had 18 points and five rebounds and played terrific defense on Cousins, holding him to 14 points on 3-for-16 shooting. Rudy Gay was also way off, going 2-for-11 for five points. Isaiah Thomas led the Kings with 30 points. Wall was held to 12 and turned it over five times. Of course Wall and Cousins were teammates at Kentucky. The Kings have won three of the past four meetings overall.

NBA Free Picks: Sacramento +2 (presuming Cousins plays) and the under. The Kings are 10-3 ATS in their past 13 at home against teams with a winning road record. Washington is 1-4 ATS in its past five overall. The under in s 6-0 in Sacramento's past six overall and 4-1 in Washington's past five on Tuesday. The Wizards are an excellent 15-7 in their past 22 road games (16-6 ATS), averaging 102.8 points in that stretch and shooting 45.9 percent from the field.  That's all nice, but it's always a challenge to win the first game of a West Coast trip. 

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