Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 12/17/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (-2)
Golden 1 Center is the venue where and the Sacramento Kings (31-41 last year) will take on the Golden State Warriors (15-50 last season) on Thursday. Sacramento opens this contest as 2-point underdogs. The total has been set at 216.
Golden State enters this game after finishing with a mark of 15-50 last season. They averaged 106.3 pts per contest (28th in the NBA) while hitting 43.8% from the field. The Warriors hit on 33.4% on shots from distance (678 of 2,032) and 80.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Golden State grabbed 42.8 rebounds per contest and earned 1,663 assists throughout last year, which had them ranked 18th in the league in terms of passing. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.9 times per contest and as a unit committed 20.1 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Warriors forced their opponents into 15.6 turnovers every game and they drew 20.1 personal fouls. The Warriors defense allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 47.6% (2,743 of 5,760) and they conceded 46.5 boards per game as a basketball team. They were 13th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,698 surrendered last season. They gave up 38.9% on 3-pointers and they ranked 24th in basketball in opponents points per game (115.0).
The Golden State Warriors faced off with the Sacramento Kings in their last preseason game and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 114-113. Golden State wrapped up the game with a 42.7% field goal percentage (41 of 96) and converted 13 of their 43 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Warriors buried 18 of 29 tries for a rate of 62.1%. In reference to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 53 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 28 dimes in this game in addition to having 13 steals and 8 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Golden State allowed the other team to go 46.7% from the field on 42 of 90. Sacramento earned 23 assists and 9 steals for this game. Moreover, the Kings pulled down 49 rebounds (8 offensive, 41 defensive) and earned 11 blocks. Sacramento finished the game shooting 57.7% at the free throw line by making 15 of their 26 shots. They also buried 15 out of their 42 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Sacramento had a win-loss record of 31-41 last year. In terms of offensive execution, the Kings connected on 46.2% from the floor, which had them ranked 15th in the league. Sacramento accounted for 7,927 points over the course of last year (110.1 per game) and they grabbed 42.6 rebounds per game. They earned an assist 23.8 times per game (21st in basketball) and they coughed up possession 14.5 times per contest. The Kings were responsible for committing 22.2 fouls per game and they went 77.0% from the charity stripe. The Kings on the defensive side of the court were 17th in the league in points allowed per game with 112.1. They allowed 24.9 dimes and 43.5 total boards per game, which was ranked 20th and 9th in the NBA. The Sacramento defense gave up 35.7% on shots from distance (894 of 2,506) and opponents connected on 79.0% of their foul shots. They forced their opponents into 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and let teams shoot 47.1% from the floor (21st in the NBA).
The last time they took the court, the Sacramento Kings went home defeated by a final of 114-113 against the Golden State Warriors. The Kings were able to corral 41 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 49 for the game. They rejected 11 attempts while recording 9 steals in the game. The Warriors were called for 14 fouls for the contest which took the Kings to the free throw line for a total of 26 shots. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 57.7%. With regard to shooting from 3-point land, Sacramento converted 15 of 42 attempts (35.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Kings finished 42 for 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.7%. The Kings allowed the Warriors to knock down 41 of their 96 tries from the field which had them shooting 42.7% in this game. They wrapped up this game 30.2% from distance by going 13 out of 43 and finished the contest at 18 out of 29 at the free throw line (62.1%). In relation to rebounds, Sacramento allowed Golden State to collect 53 in all (10 offensive).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento (+2)
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