Tanking Kings Could Steal One from Heat Team Ice Cold on Road

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Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:33 PM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 5:33 PM GMT

It’s not often you should bet on the tanking Sacramento Kings to win a game, but Wednesday night’s home matchup vs. the Miami Heat could be one.

Miami (36-32, 34-29-5 ATS) at Sacramento (21-47, 31-34-3 ATS)Free NBA Pick: KingsBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Wednesday is often a busy night around the NBA but just four games on this week’s schedule. Heat-Kings from Sacramento tips off at 10 p.m. ET. My cohort here at SBR, Jason Lake, will have a Lakers-Warriors preview for you as well.

The Kings can go for a very rare season sweep of the Heat here. That’s because Sacramento ended a 15-game losing streak in Miami back on Jan. 25 as a 9.5-point NBA betting underdog, 89-88. Rookie De’Aaron Fox won it on a rebound dunk of a Bogdan Bogdanovic with three seconds left. The Kings closed the game on a 17-4 run – if Miami misses the playoffs by one game, circle that defeat. Buddy Hield scored 24 points for Sacramento, which is now 4-26 all-time at Miami. Goran Dragic was the only Heat starter to finish in double digits with 23 points. The other four guys totaled just 18. Wayne Ellington had 20 off the bench.

Sacramento last swept Miami in the 2001-02 season. That was maybe the best Kings team ever, led by Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and (current Kings GM) Vlade Divac. They lost to the Lakers in the West Finals on some questionable officiating in Game 7.

The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the past five meetings. The ‘over’ is 11-2 in the previous 13.

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Heat Aren’t Hot On Road

Miami is holding on to the No. 8 playoff spot in the East and should make the postseason with the Detroit Pistons well back at No. 9. Hard to give the Heat much of a shot in the first round against the Toronto Raptors, however.

On Monday, the Heat started a three-game West Coast trip at red-hot Portland and lost their eighth straight away from home, 115-99. Miami had no answers for Damian Lillard (32 points, 10 assists) or Jusuf Nurkic (27 points, 16 rebounds). The Heat got 23 points from Dragic but only a combined 16 from starters James Johnson, Jason Richardson and Bam Adebayo. The team was without Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside, and as of this writing it’s not clear if they go here, but they are on the trip.

Wade is dealing with a mild left hamstring strain and Whiteside left hip pain. The Kings might be the type of opponent (i.e. Miami can beat anyways) where the Heat keep those two out and save them for the finale of the trip Friday night at the Lakers. The Heat are 10-11 without Whiteside this season. Wade, of course, came over at the trade deadline from Cleveland.

The Kings aren’t hiding their tanking efforts but have won three of their past seven. They hung around Monday in Oklahoma City but lost 106-101. Bogdanovic led the Kings with 19 points, while Fox had 11 points and 10 assists. Forward Skal Labissiere missed a second consecutive game with a bruised left hip. Your guess is as good as mine as to whom starts here as Dave Joerger benches a couple of veterans in most games.

I’m doubting that Wade or Whiteside plays Wednesday, and the Heat might be looking forward to heading to Los Angeles and getting out of Cowtown as soon as possible. Sacramento has covered four straight after a loss and is oddly good (12-3-1 ATS) this season vs. the East. Take whatever points the Kings get for a Wednesday NBA pick, and they might well win outright.

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