Perfect Set-Up To Back Blazers As Your NBA Pick Against Kings

Ted Sevransky

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 8:34 PM UTC

The Sacramento Kings will fly into Portland, to face the Blazers, let's review the NBA odds first to make our sharp pick for tonight's matchup. Don't miss it!

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NBA Pick: Blazers -5.5
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers
This is the mother of all bad spots for the Kings tonight. Sacramento went balls to the wall last night, losing in double overtime at home against the Hornets. They shot just shy of 53% from the floor. DeMarcus Cousins set an NBA season high with 56 points scored. Point guard Rajon Rondo dished 20 assists and had ten rebounds. Rudy Gay returned from an injury absence with a near triple double of his own. The Kings held Charlotte to 40% shooting from the floor and they won the rebounding battle by double digits.

But by the second OT, the Kings were completely gassed, hitting only one shot – a dunk – in the five minute extra session. Then they lost the game on Troy Daniels eighth made three pointer of the night in the closing seconds. Five different guys played at least 38 intense minutes of basketball last night, and all five will be hard pressed to match their intensity and execution on both ends of the floor compared to last night.

Cousins, following the defeat, talking about how his team ‘left it all on the floor’ last night: “It was a tough loss. I was just sitting here (in the locker room) thinking how a lot of the plays early on could have changed the game. But I think through all of the mistakes, we all left it on the floor. You hate to lose games like this."

While the Kings are in a dismal spot, playing on the second night of back-2-backs off a double OT loss that snapped a very rare five game winning streak for this team, the Blazers are on the other end of the ‘spot’ spectrum. The Kings currently sit in the #8 seed in the Western Conference Playoff race. The Blazers currently sit on the outside looking in, the #9 seed, just one game behind Sacramento.  It’s an extremely meaningful game for the home favorite as a result!

Here’s the key quote from Blazers point guard Damian Lilliard, talking about the extra intensity in practice on Monday as they prepped for the Kings: “They're in the spot (the #8 seed) that we want to be in. It's a huge game, tomorrow doesn't decide anything but it's another great opportunity for us on our home court and we're going to go out there and play like it."

Lilliard, talking about the Blazers gameplan to contain DeMarcus Cousins: “He could come out tomorrow and have a huge game but it has to be against a group, we gotta make it a tough game for him and make him get rid of that ball."  The Blazers have been very good at forcing the ball out of low post scorers hands of late, a big part of the reason why they’ve notched five SU wins in their last seven games, with four of those victories coming by double digit margins. They were good enough to beat the Kings in Sacramento without Lilliard in the lineup last month, and I expect Portland to take care of business on their home floor tonight as my NBA pick.

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