Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions, Free NBA Pick 3/7/2020
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland -5.5
Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings (27-35, 3rd in the Pacific Division) head to Moda Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Portland Trail Blazers (28-35, 4th in the Northwest Division). The spread on this game has Portland as 5.5 point favorites. The total opens at 229.5.
The Kings are covering the spread 52.5% of the time, having gone 32-29-1 ATS. Portland is covering 42.6% of the time, going 26-35-2 against the spread.
Key Sacramento Kings Injuries
03/06/20 PF Richaun Holmes Shoulder is upgraded to questionable Saturday vs Portland
02/09/20 F Marvin Bagley III Foot is out indefinitely
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/25/19 PF Zach Collins Shoulder is out indefinitely
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
10/19/19 C Jusuf Nurkic Leg is out indefinitely
Buddy Hield comes into this game averaging 19.9 points per contest while playing 32.2 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.8 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is 86%. De'Aaron Fox averages 20.4 points per contest in 31.8 minutes per game. He averages 6.7 assists per game and 4.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% for the season while his free throw percentage is 68%.
Carmelo Anthony scores 15.5 points per contest while playing 32.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.4 rebounds per contest and has 1.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 85%. CJ McCollum averages 22.5 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 35.9 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.1 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 75%.
Useful Team Statistics
Sacramento averages 108.7 points per contest, which is 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.1 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 19th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 13th in the NBA. They average 42.3 boards per contest and 23.3 assists per game, which ranks them 27th and 22nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 19th with 14.5 per game. The Kings allow 110.8 points per contest, which is 16th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 20th and 17th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.6 rebounds a game which ranks 8th, and they allow 24.5 assists per game which puts them in 15th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland is 8th in the NBA with 113.5 points per contest this season. They are 18th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.59. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 4th in the league. They are 10th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.6 boards per contest and 30th in assists per game with 20.1. The Blazers are 27th in turnovers per contest with 13.0. The Blazers give up 115.1 points per game, which ranks them 26th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 10th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 16th with 24.6 dimes allowed per game and 30th with 47.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Blazers are 3rd in the league in forcing turnovers with 12.7 per contest this year.
The Kings are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 111.5, and their offensive rating of 109.4 is ranked 19th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 15th. As a unit they are 19th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 13th in the NBA. Sacramento is 15th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 11th in the NBA.
Portland is 27th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 10.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 18th in the NBA. The Blazers are 10th in the league in defensive rating with 113.8, and their offensive rating of 112.2 is ranked 27th. They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 100.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 20th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 16th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Kings/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Portland -5.5
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