Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Clippers Predictions, NBA Expert Picks 2/22/2020
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles -8.5
Staples Center is the venue where Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers (37-18, 2nd in the Pacific Division) will play the Sacramento Kings (22-33, 3rd in the Pacific Division) on Saturday. Los Angeles opens this game as 8.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 230.
The Kings cover the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 27-27-1 ATS. Los Angeles is covering 52.7% of the time, going 29-26-0 against the spread.
Key Sacramento Kings Injuries
02/20/20 C Alex Len Hip is questionable Saturday vs LA Clippers
02/12/20 PF Richaun Holmes Shoulder is out indefinitely
02/09/20 F Marvin Bagley III Foot is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Clippers Injuries
02/19/20 SF Paul George Hamstring is questionable Saturday vs Sacramento
02/19/20 PG Patrick Beverley Groin is questionable Saturday vs Sacramento
Buddy Hield comes into this contest averaging 20.4 points per game while playing 33.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. De'Aaron Fox averages 19.9 points per game in 31.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.9 assists per contest and 4.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Kawhi Leonard averages 27.2 points per game while playing 32.5 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 7.5 rebounds per game and has 5.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 90%. Paul George averages 21.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.1 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
Sacramento averages 108.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 23rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.8 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 14th in the league. They average 42.1 rebounds per game and 23.2 assists per game, which ranks them 30th and 23rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 17th with 14.6 per game. The Kings allow 111.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 22nd and 16th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.0 rebounds a game which ranks 8th and they give up 24.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 19th place in the league. They force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 4th in the league with 115.9 points per game this year. They are 13th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 5.6. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48.2 boards per game, and 17th in assists per contest with 23.8. The Clippers are 11th in turnovers per game with 15.0. The Clippers surrender 110.3 points per contest, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 3rd and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 10th with 23.7 assists allowed per contest and 18th with 45.8 rebounds surrendered per game. The Clippers are 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per game.
The Kings are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 109, and their defensive rating of 111.7 is ranked 20th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 17th. As a team they are 19th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 12th in the league. Sacramento is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 7th in the league.
Los Angeles is 18th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 28th in the NBA. The Clippers are 6th in the league in defensive rating with 107.3, and their offensive rating of 112.7 is ranked 6th. They are 8th in the NBA in pace with 102.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 16th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 17th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Kings/Clippers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Sacramento +8.5
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