NBA Picks Kings +9.5 vs. Rockets

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 2:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 2:34 PM UTC

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.
<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p><span><b>Alternating pattern</b></span></p> <p>Sacramento has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/free-2013-nba-picks-kings-vs-spurs-a-36156/" title="Read our predictions for this game" target="_blank">off a 112-104 setback to the San Antonio Spurs</a> as 12-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a sixth consecutive contest.</p> <p><span>The Kings are 3-9 SU on the road this season, including a 2-6 mark versus conference rivals.</span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>A disappointing effort</b></span></p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/jameshardenbeard.jpg" style="font-size:1em" />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 <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA odds for every game" target="_blank">the NBA odds</a> Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive affair.</p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>Leading the way</b></span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><a href="" title="Read other bettors thoughts and share your own on Rudy Gay" target="_blank">Gay is averaging 19.3 points</a> with his new team—shooting 48.1 percent from the field.</p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>Quite a situation</b></span></p> <p><span>The Rockets have compiled a 13-4 SU record at home this season, with all four losses coming against conference rivals.</span></p> <p><span>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.</span></p> <p><span><b>Prediction</b></span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers add the <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA picks available daily" target="_blank">Kings to their NBA picks</a>, as they’ve gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games versus teams with a winning percentage of .600 or higher.</p> <p><span><b>NBA Pick:</b></span> <span>Sacramento Kings +9.5</span></p> <p><span>[gameodds]5/251766/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p>
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