Sacramento Kings vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (-2.5)
United Center is the site where and the Chicago Bulls (12-15) will take on the Sacramento Kings (12-16) on Saturday. Sacramento opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 227.
The Sacramento Kings took the court against the Miami Heat and went home with a loss by a final score of 118-110 in their last contest. Sacramento ended with a 46.2% FG percentage (43 out of 93) and buried 15 out of their 41 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Kings converted 9 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 56.3%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 44 with 13 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 29 dimes for the matchup while having 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. In reference to the defense, Sacramento let their opponent shoot 51.6% from the floor on 49 out of 95 shooting. Miami recorded 36 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Additionally, the Heat snagged 45 rebounds (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Miami finished shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 8 of their 10 shots. They also buried 12 of 34 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Nemanja Bjelica is a player who played a role for this game. He scored 25 points on 11 out of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 34:52 mins and pulled down 8 rebounds. Bjelica ended up shooting 52.4% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Kings was Marvin Bagley. He grabbed 10 rebounds and accumulated 2 assists. He finished shooting 58.3% from the field for this game by going 7-of-12 (19 points). Overall, Bagley played 24:20 minutes.
Sacramento will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 12-16 for the season. The Kings are shooting 36.8% on shots from downtown (347 of 944) and 71.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.7 pts per contest (13th in the league) on 47.8% from the field. They turn it over 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.6 fouls per contest. As a unit, Sacramento is collecting 43.1 rebounds per game and has accumulated 722 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 12th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Kings have forced 13.1 turnovers every game and they draw 20.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 24th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 745 conceded so far this year. The Kings defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.6% (367 of 562) and they concede 44.9 rebounds per game as a group. They surrender 39.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 29th in the league in opponents points per game (119.3).
For their last game, the Chicago Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 105-102 when they faced the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls were able to snag 38 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for the game. They also blocked 7 attempts while earning 8 steals for the game. The Pistons were called for 21 fouls for this game which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 62.5%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, Chicago made 8 out of 28 tries (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Bulls shot 41 for 85 from the floor which had them sitting at 48.2%. The Bulls permitted the Pistons to convert 37 of their 82 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.1% in this game. They shot 28.6% from beyond the arc by going 8 of 28 and ended up going 20 of 24 from the free throw line (83.3%). In the matter of rebounds, Chicago permitted Detroit to snag 40 in all (6 offensive).
Zach LaVine ended up having an impact for the Bulls for the contest. He made 14 out of 22 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 63.6%, which had him finishing with 37 points. LaVine grabbed 5 boards in his 35:16 minutes of playing time and had 5 assists in the matchup. One more player who came through for Chicago was Wendell Carter. He left the arena with 18 points in 26:44 mins on the hardwood via 7 out of 9 shooting for the game. Carter wrapped this one up going 77.8% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 assists and 3 boards.
Chicago has a win-loss mark of 12-15 this year. The Bulls have committed 20.6 fouls per contest and they go 79.4% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 26.4 times per game (7th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 16.3 times per contest. Chicago has tallied 3,093 pts so far this year (114.6 per game) and they snag 44.3 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Bulls are shooting 47.8% from the field, which is 8th in the league. The Bulls are ranked 26th in basketball in points given up per game with 115.4. The Chicago defense allows 36.1% on shots from 3-point land (329 of 912) and their opponents are making 77.3% of their free throw shots. They concede 23.4 dimes and 42.8 total boards per game, which is 8th and 9th in the league. They are forcing 14.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the floor (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Sacramento (-2.5)
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