Despite Playing On No Rest, The Kings Will Cover Saturday

Jordan Sharp

Friday, November 9, 2018 10:36 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 10:36 PM UTC

The Kings are playing on the second night of a rare home-and-home back-to-back. After their game Friday against the Wolves, can we expect them to be as sharp on Saturday with an improving Lakers team coming to town? Or will the Sac-town faithful be out in force and make this an interesting game?

 

Jordan’s NBA Picks: 4-3

Lakers (5-6 SU & 3-8 ATS) vs. Sacramento (6-5 SU & 7-3-1 ATS)Saturday, 10:00 PM ESTFree NBA Pick: Kings ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Kings may be coming off a game on Friday, and they may be against the Lakers, but LeBron James and his merry band of misfits have not been great this season at covering the spread. Can we trust them to beat a tired team by seven or more points on the road?

Kings Reborn

I’m writing this without knowing the outcome of Sacramento’s game on Friday, so win or lose the Kings are having an impressive start to the season. They are coming into Friday’s matchup above .500 and they have been playing some fine ball at home up until this point. They are 2-2 SU but 3-1 ATS playing in their new arena, and with the Lakers coming to town and it being early in the season, I think the energy will be in the arena.

The players should feed off this, and with a deep bench of talented players, the Kings will give King James a run for his money. Led by De’Aaron Fox and with the recent return of Bogdan Bogdanovic, the Kings have a dozen guys that can hurt you. I say this literally.

From Fox, to Buddy Hield and on down the roster. Sacramento’s talent level is deep. This too downplays any potential energy loss from playing on the second night of a back to back.

Sacramento is the third youngest team in the league at an average of 24.3 years old, and if you take away Kosta Koufos and Zach Randolph, who either barely or never play, their average age drops even more.

Combine that with it being a big home game against the Lakers, and I think the Kings will bring it at home.

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I will not get ahead of myself about the Kings
I will not get ahead of myself about the Kings
I will not get ahead of myself about the Kings
I will not get ahead of myself about the Kings
I will not get ahead of myself about the Kings

Fuck it, let's do it @SacramentoKings

— Sean Swaby (@seanswaby) October 31, 2018
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The Sharp Pick

Saturday will undoubtedly be a high-scoring game. The Kings are playing at a blistering pace of 106.4 possessions per game, while the Lakers are fourth in the league with a pace of 104.7. Combined with two defenses giving up between 111 and 113 points per 100 possessions, and we should have a god old fashion Western Conference shootout.

However, the Kings have cashed the under in both their games played on no rest so far this season, and with a total of 240 points, the over is a bit risky for my taste. However, with it being early in the season and with the Kings being one of the youngest teams, I’m not going to worry about their legs in this game, especially playing at home after a home game on Friday. These guys being able to just drive home and sleep in at their own house plays a part in this as well.

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the Kings are threatening to make the playoffs. A couple of home wins against the Wolves and Lakers in November will go a long way in determining that, and I think they know this.

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