New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/13/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Knicks vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento -8.5
Golden 1 Center is the site where Harrison Barnes and the Sacramento Kings (11-13, 3rd in the Pacific Division) will take on the New York Knicks (5-20, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Friday. The odds on this contest have Sacramento as 8.5 point favorites. The total opens at 209.
The Knicks are covering 48.0% of the time, having gone 12-13-0 ATS. Sacramento is covering 62.5% of the time, going 15-9-0 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
12/11/2019 Jr PG Illness Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
12/11/2019 Wayne Ellington SG Achilles Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
11/13/2019 Reggie Bullock SG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
Key Sacramento Kings Injuries
12/2/2019 De'Aaron Fox PG Ankle Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
Julius Randle comes into this contest averaging 17.0 points per game while playing 32.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 8.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 66%. Marcus Morris averages 19.0 points per game in 32.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.3 assists per contest and 5.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Harrison Barnes averages 16.0 points per game while playing 35.4 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.3 rebounds per game and has 2.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Buddy Hield averages 21.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.8 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 101.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 30th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -10.6 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team, which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 20th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 20.0 assists per game, which ranks them 17th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.9 per game. The Knicks allow 111.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 19th and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.2 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 24.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Sacramento is 27th in the league with 105.2 points per game this year. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -3.0. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They are 29th in the league in rebounding with 41.7 boards per game, and 23rd in assists per contest with 22.3. The Kings are 16th in turnovers per game with 15.3. The Kings surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 23rd and 16th in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 23.5 assists allowed per contest and 5th with 42.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Kings are 19th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game.
The Knicks are 30th in the league in defensive rating with 113.3, and their offensive rating of 102.6 is ranked 25th. They are 27th in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 48% is 30th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 51% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 22nd in the NBA. New York is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 7th in the NBA.
Sacramento is 9th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 8th in the NBA. The Kings are 21st in the league in defensive rating with 110.3, and their offensive rating of 107.2 is ranked 19th. They are 30th in the NBA in pace with 97.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 19th. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Kings NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Sacramento +8.5
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