It's pretty much a toss-up here, with the Kings currently favored by a point or the NBA betting lines at a pick'em, all depending on which sportsbook you're using. The O/U has opened at a relatively high number of 203.5.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have been handed a taste of reality recently, letting their winning streak slip away by losing consecutive games to the Cavaliers (100-106) and Lakers (96-127).
Last night started out just fine for New York. They were up 22-14 after the first quarter. Then it all went wrong.
The Knicks were outscored 87-51 in the next two quarters and ended up losing by 31 to a team that's 22 games under .500 this season. They let the Lakers shoot 57.8 percent overall and 64.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Carmelo Anthony still managed to get his fair share, scoring 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting to go with nine points and three assists. Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. all hit double figures, but it mattered little due to the team's horrific defensive display.
It was New York's third straight failure against the spread, with their backers hoping they can get it right tonight in Sacramento. Overall the Knicks are 29-42 SU and 30-41 ATS, while they've gone 13-21 SU and 16-18 ATS on the road.
We last saw the Kings take the court on Sunday on a day when they smashed the Bucks 124-107 at home. They were favored by seven points on the NBA betting odds board ahead of tipoff.
This one was essentially over after the first quarter, with Sacramento outscoring Milwaukee 39-16. It was smooth sailing from the hosts from there.
DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas all made quick work of the Bucks. Cousins had 32 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, Gay put up a 24/8/4 line and Thomas went for 30 points (9-of-13 FG) and eight assists. Milwaukee offered zero resistance.
The Kings, coming into tonight, have been right around their season averages in terms of both scoring and scoring defense. They've averaged 101.8 PPG themselves, while allowing 103.0 PPG over their last five.
Tonight the Kings have the advantage of having a couple days of extra rest, but will they be able to make the most of it? They don't exactly have any serious motivation with them being so far out of the playoff picture, and countless times we've seen Sacramento disappoint. Let's see how they fare tonight.
There's only been one meeting between these teams so far this season, with the Kings emerging victorious 106-101 at Madison Square Garden back in February.
The Knicks have obviously picked their game up since then, this little two-game slide aside, and we're actually going to back them with our basketball picks tonight. Surely they'll be able to stay competitive after what we saw against the Lakers.
Sacramento is just 15-20 ATS on their home floor and just can't seem to get into any kind of consistent rhythm. New York meanwhile still has a lot to play for and we think they'll recover from last night's debacle to take care of the Kings.
NBA Pick: Knicks +1