Sacramento Kings vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (+7.5)
The Sacramento Kings (16-24) head to TD Garden on Friday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (20-20). Boston opens this game as 7.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 235.
The Sacramento Kings took the court against the Washington Wizards and earned the victory with a final of 121-119 in their last contest. Sacramento ended with a 44.1% FG percentage (41 out of 93) and made 10 of their 33 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Kings converted 29 of 35 shots for a percentage of 82.9%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they collected 38 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 assists for this game as well as forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When talking about defending, Sacramento allowed 48.9% from the floor on 46 of 94 shooting. Washington distributed 25 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. On top of that, Washington snagged 52 boards (10 offensive, 42 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Washington finished 82.1% from the free throw line by knocking down 23 of their 28 shots. They also converted 4 of their 25 tries from distance.
De'Aaron Fox is someone who came through in this contest. He notched 28 points on 8 of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:15 minutes played and grabbed 1 rebound. Fox went 38.1% from the field and also dished out 7 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in the game for the Kings was Harrison Barnes. He totaled 8 rebounds in his 35:37 minutes on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor in this game by hitting 6-of-12 (18 points). In all, Barnes tallied 5 assists.
Sacramento will take the court with a mark of 16-24 so far this year. The Kings are shooting 35.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (477 of 1,327) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They average 115.0 pts per contest (8th in the NBA) while hitting 48.0% from the field. They are turning it over 13.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.1 personal fouls every game. As a team, Sacramento is snagging 42.7 boards per game and is sitting with 1,041 assists this year, which has them ranked 7th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Kings are able to force 12.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.0 fouls. They currently rank 26th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,042 conceded for the year. The Kings defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 49.1% (517 of 800) and they relinquish 44.7 boards per game as a squad. They are conceding 39.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 29th in the NBA in opponents PPG (120.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Boston Celtics took a loss by a final score of 117-110 when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics snagged 25 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for this contest. They also turned it over 12 times, while getting 10 steals for the contest. The Cavaliers had 17 fouls for the game which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to convert 20 of them for a rate of 69.0%. With regard to 3-point attempts, Boston knocked down 10 of their 38 tries (26.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Celtics went 40 for 88 from the field which had them sitting at 45.5%. The Celtics permitted the Cavaliers to knock down 40 out of 74 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 54.1% in this contest. They finished 43.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 10 of 23 and finished the contest at 27 out of 33 at the charity stripe (81.8%). Regarding rebounding, Boston permitted Cleveland to collect 40 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Jayson Tatum ended up being a major contributor for the Celtics in this game. He buried 11 of 24 for this game for a field goal rate of 45.8%, and added 5 rebounds. Tatum accumulated 29 points in his 37:08 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 assists in this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He ended up with 4 dimes in his 39:18 minutes on the court, and he converted 11 of 26 from the floor. Brown finished going 42.3% from the field while totaling 28 points and 3 rebounds.
Boston has a mark of 20-20 so far this year. The Celtics are committing 20.9 fouls every game and they shoot 75.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 22.6 times per game (27th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 14.0 times per game. Boston has accounted for 4,483 points on the season (112.1 per game) and they snag 43.9 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Celtics are shooting 46.9% from the field, which is 12th in basketball. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 11th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.3. The Boston defense surrenders 36.7% on three-point shots (505 of 1,375) and opponents are connecting on 80.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 23.5 assists and 41.5 total rebounds per game, which is 6th and 4th in basketball. They have forced 14.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the field (16th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-7.5)
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