Warriors vs Kings NBA Odds, Preview & Expert Prediction.

Warriors vs Kings NBA Odds, Preview & Expert Prediction

Written by on December 14, 2018

The Sacramento Kings haven’t been in the same universe as the Golden State Warriors for the past few years, yet the Kings always seem to give the Dubs some trouble. Could happen again Friday with Golden State a considerable NBA Betting favorite in Sacramento as the Warriors might be set up for a letdown game off a huge one vs. Toronto.

How to Bet Warriors vs Kings NBA Odds & Game Info

Team Records

  • All: Golden State 19-10 / Sacramento 15-12
  • Home: Golden State 12-3 / Sacramento 7-5
  • Away: Golden State 7-7 / Sacramento 8-7
  • ATS: Golden State 13-16 / Sacramento 17-9-1
  • Over/Under: Golden State 15-14 / Sacramento 17-10

Season Series

On Nov. 24 in Oakland, the Warriors beat the Kings 117-116 without Steph Curry and Draymond Green. Klay Thompson scored 15 of the Warriors’ 35 points in the fourth quarter. The Kings would hold a one-point lead, however, with less than 30 seconds in the contest, but Thompson would grab his own miss and lay it in to give Golden State the one-point advantage. With just five seconds to go, Sacramento got two good looks but couldn’t get them to fall. Kings guard Buddy Hield had a team-high 28 points while Marvin Bagley III notched 20. Thompson had 31 and Kevin Durant 44 points.

The Kings are looking to snap their current two-game losing streak to Golden State as well as a two-game home losing streak.

Why Bet on Golden State?

The Warriors were shocking 113-93 home losers to Toronto on Wednesday even though the Raptors were without superstar Kawhi Leonard. He was ruled out less than 30 minutes before tip-off. The Raptors also lost 7-foot center Jonas Valanciunas to a dislocated left thumb in the first half.

Stephen Curry struggled in 33 minutes on Wednesday with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, and four turnovers. In his second game back from injury, Draymond Green posted two points on 1-of-5 shooting with seven assists, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 25 minutes. Kevin Durant had 30 points and seven rebounds. Durant has scored 20 or more points in 16 of the last 17 games, including a stretch of 14 straight games (ended on December 7 vs. Milwaukee), the longest such streak he’s had since joining the Warriors.

Among the league leaders, Curry is ranked 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.489), 3rd in free throw percentage (.940); Durant is 2nd in scoring (28.9 ppg), tied 15th in assists per game (6.1 apg), 5th in free throw percentage (.931), tied 5th in minutes (35.7 mpg); Klay Thompson is ranked 16th in scoring (22.4 ppg).

Andre Iguodala (right hip tightness) didn’t play for the second straight game. He’s iffy for Friday. Steve Kerr said he’s not concerned about Iguodala’s hip, though, so this shouldn’t be a long-term issue. Shaun Livingston suffered a pelvic contusion during Wednesday’s game, finishing with one point and one rebound in 15 minutes. He won’t play Friday, meaning more minutes available for Quinn Cook.

The Warriors have a 5-4 record after suffering a loss this season. Since 2014-15 the Warriors have a 55-16 (.775) record after a loss in the regular season, the best such record in the NBA.

Why Bet on Sacramento?

The Kings are vastly improved this season and might actually reach the playoffs for the first time in well over a decade. They beat Minnesota on Wednesday, 141-130. Nemanja Bjelica made four of Sacramento’s franchise-record 19 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. Sacramento shot a season-best 58.1 percent (50 for 86) from the field in its fifth win in six games. It also had 33 fast-break points.

Bogdan Bogdanovic made four of the Kings’ franchise-record 19 triples, finishing with 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes. The Wolves allow the 10th-fewest triples per game, but Sacramento defied the matchup odds while shooting 51.4% from downtown. Marvin Bagley racked up 17 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. De’Aaron Fox finished a home win vs. the Wolves on Wednesday with 13 points, eight assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one 3-pointer.

Warriors vs Kings should be a close one.

Fox has been having a stellar season so far as the second-year guard out of Kentucky is averaging 17.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 7.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Fox is one of five players with averages of 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game this season.

Yogi Ferrell scored a season-high 17 points with 4-of-4 three-pointers on Wednesday, adding six assists, two rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes. Dave Joerger said he intends to give more playing time to Ferrell for the next 10 games.

The Kings are currently in the top 10 in these statistical categories: sixth in points (115.3), seventh in assists (25.5) and tied ninth in steals (8.4) per game while ranking third in field goal percentage (.482) and first in three-point field goal percentage (.394). The Kings are also second in points off turnovers, averaging 21.3 per game as Sacramento is currently forcing 17.1 opponents’ turnovers per game this season, the second most league-wide.

NBA Betting Trends for Warriors vs Kings

  • Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings
  • Under is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Sacramento
  • Road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings
  • Golden State is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Golden State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Golden State’s last 6 games
  • Sacramento is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Sacramento is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Sacramento’s last 13 games

Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Warriors vs Kings

Not sure how focused the Warriors will be here. Take the points.