NBA Picks Kings +9.5 vs. Rockets

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 2:34 PM GMT

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay has played great basketball since being acquired a few weeks ago, as he looks to help his new team to a second consecutive victory over the Houston Rockets Tuesday. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Western Conference matchup.

Alternating pattern

Sacramento has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off a 112-104 setback to the San Antonio Spurs as 12-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a sixth consecutive contest.

The Kings are 3-9 SU on the road this season, including a 2-6 mark versus conference rivals.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 2-13 SU and 7-8 ATS away from home with a betting total of 210 or higher.

A disappointing effort

Houston had its three-game winning streak snapped in a 117-86 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder as 4.5-point road underdogs in the NBA odds Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive affair.

The Rockets certainly have the ability to bounce back, as all five probable starters are averaging in double figures, with shooting guard James Harden leading the way at 23.4 points a contest.

Since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, the team is 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points.

Leading the way

NBA handicappers will want to take a look at the Kings as road underdogs—mainly due to the fact that forward Rudy Gay has scored 20 or more points in six of nine games he’s played with the franchise since being acquired via trade from the Toronto Raptors.

Gay is averaging 19.3 points with his new team—shooting 48.1 percent from the field.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 0-4 SU and 2-1-1 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points during the 2013-14 campaign.

Quite a situation

The Rockets have compiled a 13-4 SU record at home this season, with all four losses coming against conference rivals.

Houston has also managed to produce a dominating 34-7 SU mark during the month of December at this venue over the last four seasons.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers add the Kings to their NBA picks, as they’ve gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus teams with a winning percentage of .600 or higher.

NBA Pick: Sacramento Kings +9.5

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