NBA Odds & Predictions: San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings Monday February 4th, 2019
San Antonio & Sacramento Both Look to Extend Win Streaks
The San Antonio Spurs have won five straight games, all but one against teams out of the playoffs. The Sacramento Kings have won two straight, but their last one was one of their most impressive of the seasons for this up and coming team.
The Spurs only win on this current run against a team in the playoff race was a 117-114 win over the resurgent Nets last Thursday. Otherwise they have wins over the Pelicans (twice), Wizards and Suns.
The team has been rewriting their script this season, moving away from being one of the best defensive teams, to one that relies on offense to win. That has certainly been true in this streak as the team has allowed an average of 115.8 PPG in those five games, but have won them all. That’s because they’re averaging 122.8 PPG as well.
Last time out they beat the Pelicans 113-108. The Spurs got off to a strong start and led by 16 heading into the fourth quarter before New Orleans made a game of it. Aldridge led the way with 25 points and Rudy Gay had 17 points and eight rebounds.
The Kings have been a surprise team all season. They are currently 27-25 and 1.5 games behind the Clippers for the last playoff spot. They are on track for their best finish since the 2005-06 season, also the last time they finished above .500 -and made the playoffs.
They have already equalled their win total from last season.
The rebuild overseen by Vlade Divac has come together faster than anyone expected and one of the players leading the charge is Buddy Hield, acquired two seasons ago as the centerpiece of the Demarcus Cousins trade.
He was dominant in the team’s 115-108 win over the 76ers last time out. He led the way with 34 points in a signature win. The Kings came out firing and led for large stretches, only to see the 76ers come back and tie it in the fourth quarter. But Hield and Willy Cauley-Stein stepped up again late to help hold off Philadelphia. Cauley-Stein finished with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
The Kings have won three of four, and are 2-6 in 2019 against teams in a playoff spot.
They are averaging 109.4 PPG and allowing 110.6 PPG since Jan. 1 and are 8-8.
The teams are Even for this one with an over/under of 227.5 points. As well as the Spurs are playing of late, I think the Kings gain some momentum from their win over the 76ers and come out firing. The Pick: Kings 115-112.