Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings: 12/31/2020 Matchup Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on December 31, 2020

A game after he scored 34 points in a 124-111 loss to the Nuggets, James Harden leads the Houston Rockets (0-2) at home against the Sacramento Kings (3-1) on Thursday, December 31, 2020. The Rockets are favored by 4.5 points in the matchup, which tips off at 7:00 PM ET on SportsNet SW. The matchup’s over/under is 229.

Betting Information

Rockets vs Kings Betting Information
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Head to Head

Houston has won eight of its last 10 head-to-head matchups against Sacramento. The Rockets also have a 2-1 record against the spread when playing the Kings.

Rockets vs Kings in 2020-21
DateFavoriteHome TeamSpreadTotalFavorite MoneylineUnderdog MoneylineGame TypeResult
8/9/2020RocketsKings-4.5235.5-194161Regular Season129-112 HOU
12/23/2019RocketsKings-6230-244195Regular Season113-104 HOU
12/9/2019RocketsRockets-12225.5-839592Regular Season119-118 SAC
4/2/2019KingsRegular Season130-105 HOU
3/30/2019RocketsRegular Season119-108 HOU
2/6/2019KingsRegular Season127-101 HOU
11/17/2018RocketsRegular Season132-112 HOU
4/11/2018KingsRegular Season96-83 SAC
2/14/2018RocketsRegular Season100-91 HOU
10/18/2017KingsRegular Season105-100 HOU
  • 8/9/2020 DNP – Rockets: Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon Kings: Marvin Bagley III
  • 12/23/2019 DNP – Rockets: Eric Gordon; Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic
  • 12/9/2019 DNP – Rockets: Eric Gordon; Kings: De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III
  • Rockets Betting Information

    • Houston covered in just 37 of 83 matchups last season.
    • The Rockets struggled to cover, going just 22-26 ATS when favored by at least 4.5 points.
    • Houston more often than not combined with its adversaries to fall short of the over, doing so 32 times in 83 contests (38.6%).
    Bet on the Houston Rockets to win the NBA Championship.

    Kings Betting Information

    • Sacramento had a 37-33-2 record against the spread, covering in 51.4% of their contests.
    • The Kings fared well as a 4.5-point underdog, going 5-8 against the spread when they were at least 4.5-point underdogs.
    • Sacramento combined with its opponents to hit the over in 52.8% of matchups last year (38 out of 72 opportunities).
    Bet on the Sacramento Kings to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Rockets and their opponents combined to record more than 229 points in 47.6% of their games last season (40 of 84 opportunities).
    • Sacramento and its opponents combined to score more than 229 points in 40.3% of their matchups last year (29 of 72 chances).
    • The two teams averaged a combined 2.5 fewer points per game last season (226.5) than this game’s over/under of 229 points.
    • Opponents of the two teams averaged a combined 3.2 fewer points per game last season (225.8) than this matchup’s over/under of 229 points.
    • The average total the Rockets had set in matchups last season was 1.1 more points than this outing’s point total.
    • Kings games last season averaged an over/under of 222.2 points, 6.8 fewer than the point total in this matchup.
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    Rockets Leaders

    • Harden racked up 34.3 points per game last season and recorded 7.5 assists.
    • PJ Tucker pulled down 6.6 rebounds per game.
    • Harden connected on 4.4 threes per game a season ago.
    • Harden collected 1.8 per game. Christian Wood averaged 0.9 blocks a contest.

    Kings Leaders

    • De’Aaron Fox racked up 21.1 points per game last season and recorded 6.8 assists.
    • Hassan Whiteside pulled down 13.5 rebounds per game.
    • Buddy Hield was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, hitting 3.8 per game.
    • Fox averaged 1.5 steals per game. Whiteside collected 2.9 blocks a contest.
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