Portland Blazers vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 1/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-1.5)
The Portland Blazers (4-4) travel to Golden 1 Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Sacramento Kings (4-4). Sacramento opens this matchup as 1.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 232.
The Portland Blazers played the Minnesota Timberwolves and took home the win by a score of 135-117 in their last game. Portland ended the contest having earned a 54.4% field goal percentage (49 of 90) and converted 18 out of their 41 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Blazers converted 19 of their 23 shots for a percentage of 82.6%. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned 44 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 25 assists in this contest while getting 10 steals and 6 blocks. In reference to defending, Portland allowed 41.9% from the floor on 39 of 93 shooting. Minnesota earned 24 dimes and had 11 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Timberwolves grabbed 48 rebounds (15 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Minnesota ended up shooting 75.8% when shooting free throws by converting 25 of their 33 attempts. They knocked down 14 of their 41 shots from 3-point range.
Damian Lillard is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He accounted for 39 points on 13 out of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 28:57 minutes and also pulled down 7 rebounds. Lillard walked away from this one shooting 61.9% from the field and earned 7 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Blazers was CJ McCollum. He snagged 3 rebounds and collected 4 dimes. He finished the contest at 42.9% from the field for this game by going 6-of-14 (20 points). Overall, McCollum played 25:32 min.
Portland comes into this contest with a mark of 4-4 this year. The Blazers are connecting on 38.2% on shots from distance (130 of 340) and 78.1% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 117.0 points per contest (4th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.6% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.1 times per game and as a team are committing 20.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Portland is collecting 44.0 boards per contest and has totaled 178 dimes so far this season, which is 24th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Blazers have forced 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.9 fouls. They are ranked 14th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 194 relinquished on the year. The Blazers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.9% (114 of 167) and they surrender 48.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 35.9% from 3-point land and they are 25th in the NBA in opponents PPG (118.0).
For their last game, the Sacramento Kings got the win with a final of 128-124 when they played the Chicago Bulls. The Kings were able to pull down 27 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 39 in the game. They also rejected 3 tries while getting 8 steals for this contest. The Bulls were called for 21 personal fouls for the contest which got the Kings to the charity stripe for 27 tries. They were able to convert 20 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 74.1%. In regard to 3-point shots, Sacramento made 14 of 37 tries (37.8%). Overall, the Kings ended up going 47 out of 91 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.6%. The Kings allowed the Bulls to bury 49 of their 93 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 52.7% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 35.0% from distance by going 14 of 40 and ended up going 12 of 15 from the charity stripe (80.0%). In reference to attacking the glass, Sacramento permitted Chicago to collect 43 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Richaun Holmes pitched in for the Kings for the matchup. He knocked down 10 out of 11 for this contest giving him a rate of 90.9%, which gave him 24 points. Holmes grabbed 8 boards in his 29:41 minutes of time on the court and added 5 dimes for this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Sacramento was Marvin Bagley. He notched 21 points in 29:04 mins on the court via 8 of 14 from the floor in the matchup. Bagley walked away from this one going 57.1% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 12 total rebounds.
Sacramento has a win-loss record of 4-4 this season. Sacramento has accumulated 902 points on the season (112.8 per game) and they pull in 46.1 boards per game. The Kings have committed 21.3 personal fouls every game and they go 73.4% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Kings are shooting 45.1% from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.1 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per game. The Kings defensively are ranked 24th in the league in points allowed per contest with 117.6. The Sacramento defense gives up 36.1% on shots from beyond the arc (107 of 296) and their opposition knocks down 80.0% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 27.9 assists and 44.1 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 27th and 12th in the league. They are able to force 14.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 49.3% from the floor (27th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Sacramento (+1.5) and under 232 points
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