NBA Picks: Bet Kings to Cover ATS vs. Struggling Knicks

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:51 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 7:51 PM UTC

In this article we preview tonight's game between the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings, study the NBA odds and determine which team to back with our NBA picks.

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NBA Pick: Kings -6
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes


Knicks vs. Kings NBA on TNT Game Preview 
The New York Knicks are approaching ‘train wreck’ status as they travel to Sacramento tonight on the second night of back-to-backs.  Derek Fisher’s squad has now lost three straight and seven of their last nine.  They aren’t covering the spread in games that they don’t win either – each of those last seven SU losses have been ATS losses as well, with their last ATS win in a SU loss coming nearly a full month ago in a six point defeat at Cleveland.

Fisher is clearly in over his head right now, and the Knicks brutal schedule is only making things worse.  No team in the NBA has played more games than the Knicks thusfar. This will be their second set of back-to-backs already this month.  Fisher: “Unfortunately we can’t practice.  That’s what we need, honestly. We’re having a hard time physically sustaining the activity level and intensity that a game demands. It catches up to you. We have to rely more on our will and grit. Hopefully after this trip, we’ll have space over a couple of weeks to get practices in and find a way to get better.”

Last night’s loss at Utah was downright ugly.  New York was down by 18 by the end of the first quarter and never got any closer.  Team “leader” (and yes, I’m putting quotes around ‘leader’) Carmelo Anthony isn’t healthy and his bad attitude is contagious.  His quote prior to the Jazz debacle last night: “It’s hard to say what has to change. This road trip is a big road trip for us. That’s the only thing I can say. It could go two ways — good for us or bad for us. We have an opportunity to try to do something good on this road trip.”  Given that opportunity last night, New York was a no-show.

And given the post-game quotes out of the Knicks locker room, it’s hard to anticipate any sort of turnaround at Sacramento tonight.  Melo: “I’m just zoned out trying to figure out how we get in this predicament.”  Veteran point guard Jose Calderon: “Usually I can say some positive, but not tonight. I don’t have the right answer to what is going on.”  Fisher hinted at some lineup changes, but this is more than just a personnel issue right now – it’s an attitude issue, and the Knicks attitude, as a team, is not in good shape here.

Sacramento swept the Knicks last year, winning the two meetings by a combined 44 points.  They’ve won five of their last six at home (don’t be fooled by their ‘home’ game against Boston, a game that was played in Mexico City), including wins over solid squads like the Jazz, Mavs, Raptors and Pistons. All Star center DeMarcus Cousins snapped out of his mini-slump with a 23 point, 12 rebound effort in the win over Utah earlier in the week, and their ball movement was excellent: 29 assists on 43 made field goals.  Anything close to that level of offensive production tonight should produce a comfortable win for George Karl’s squad. Take the Kings at -6 NBA odds with your NBA picks.

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