Phoenix Suns vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 12/27/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-3.5)
Golden 1 Center is the venue where and the Sacramento Kings will play the Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Phoenix opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The total opens at 224.5.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Dallas Mavericks and notched a win by a score of 106-102 in their last contest. Phoenix ended the contest having earned a 48.1% FG percentage (38 out of 79) and converted 11 of their 30 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Suns converted 19 of their 27 shots for a rate of 70.4%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 48 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 21 assists in this game in addition to earning 7 steals and 7 blocks. In terms of defense, Phoenix allowed the other team to shoot 42.4% from the field on 36 of 85 shooting. Dallas doled out 17 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Mavericks had 39 boards (6 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Dallas shot 80.8% at the charity stripe by burying 21 of 26 shots. They knocked down 9 out of their 37 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Mikal Bridges is someone who was a factor for the matchup. He totaled 18 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 35:57 minutes and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Bridges finished the game shooting 45.5% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that came through in the game for the Suns was Devin Booker. He snagged 5 boards and earned 3 assists. He went 53.3% from the floor for this contest by shooting 8-of-15 (22 points). At the conclusion of this game, Booker was on the court for 34:07 min.
Phoenix heads into this contest after finishing with a win-loss mark of 34-39 last season. The Suns hit on 35.8% on 3-pointers (831 of 2,320) and 83.4% from the charity stripe. They averaged 113.6 pts per contest (10th in the league) while shooting 46.8% from the field. They turned the ball over 14.8 times per game and as a unit committed 22.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Phoenix collected 43.5 rebounds per game and racked up 1,987 dimes last season, which had them ranked 1st in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Suns forced 15.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 22.6 personal fouls. They were 16th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,723 relinquished last season. The Suns gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (3,011 of 6,378) and they relinquished 43.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They surrendered 36.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they were 20th in the league in points per game allowed (113.4).
The last time they took the court, the Sacramento Kings got the win with a final of 124-122 against the Denver Nuggets. The Kings were able to collect 36 defensive boards and 18 offensive boards for a total of 54 for the contest. They also blocked 7 shots while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Nuggets committed 25 fouls in this matchup which took the Kings to the charity stripe for 31 shots. They were able to make 24 of the free throw tries for a clip of 77.4%. With respect to shots from distance, Sacramento made 10 out of their 31 attempts (32.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Kings walked away from this one shooting 45 out of 102 from the field which had them at 44.1%. The Kings permitted the Nuggets to bury 47 of 98 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.0% for the game. They finished 27.6% from distance via 8 of 29 and finished the game at 20 out of 24 from the charity stripe (83.3%). In relation to attacking the glass, Sacramento permitted Denver to grab 46 in all (10 offensive).
Harrison Barnes was important for the Kings in this matchup. He made 8 out of 15 in this contest giving him a rate of 53.3%, which had him finishing with 21 points. Barnes snagged 9 boards in his 41:57 mins of time on the court and earned 5 assists in the matchup. One more player that was important for Sacramento was Buddy Hield. He left the arena with 22 points in 41:07 minutes on the court by way of 7 of 15 from the floor in this contest. Hield finished going 46.7% from the floor and also contributing 3 assists and 4 boards.
Sacramento had a mark of 31-41 last year. The Kings committed 22.2 fouls per contest and they hit 77.0% from the charity stripe. They dished out assists 23.8 times per game (21st in the league) and they coughed up possession 14.5 times per contest. Sacramento totaled 7,927 points over the course of last year (110.1 per game) and they grabbed 42.6 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Kings connected on 46.2% from the field, which ranked them 15th in the NBA. The Kings defensively were ranked 17th in basketball in PPG allowed with 112.1. They relinquished 24.9 dimes and 43.5 rebounds per game, ranking them 20th and 9th in those defensive categories. The Sacramento defense allowed 35.7% from downtown (894 of 2,506) and their opponents knocked down 79.0% of their free throw shots. They forced 15.2 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 47.1% from the field (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (-3.5)
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