Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks Prediction, 2/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs New York Knicks
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (+2.5)
The New York Knicks (15-17) host the Sacramento Kings (12-19) at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. New York opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 222.5.
The Sacramento Kings took the court against the Brooklyn Nets and took a loss by a score of 127-118 in their last contest. Sacramento finished with a 51.7% field goal percentage (45 of 87) and buried 15 out of their 31 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Kings made 13 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 38 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 25 assists in this game as well as earning 6 steals and 7 blocked shots. In reference to the defense, Sacramento let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the floor on 44 out of 89 shooting. Brooklyn distributed 30 dimes and had 8 steals for the game. Additionally, the Nets grabbed 41 rebounds (10 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Brooklyn finished shooting 71.0% at the charity stripe by burying 22 of 31 attempts. They buried 17 of 40 tries from long range.
De'Aaron Fox is one guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. He left the arena with 27 points on 9 of 18 shooting. He was on the court for 38:29 mins played and grabbed 1 board. Fox finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field and also distributed 8 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Kings was Harrison Barnes. He collected 3 rebounds in 36:42 minutes on the court. He finished the game at 63.6% from the field in the game by going 7-of-11 (18 points). When all was said and done, Barnes had accumulated 1 assist.
Sacramento will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 12-19 so far this year. The Kings are shooting 36.8% from downtown (382 of 1,037) and 72.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 113.9 points per game (12th in the league) while hitting 47.7% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 19.7 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Sacramento is pulling in 42.9 boards per game and has racked up 798 dimes this season, which has them ranked 10th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Kings are forcing 13.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 fouls. They give up 40.0% on shots from distance and they are 30th in basketball in points per game allowed (119.9). The Kings defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 48.9% (407 of 620) and they surrender 44.9 boards per contest as a group. They are 25th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 821 conceded for the campaign.
When they last played, the New York Knicks took a loss by a score of 114-106 when they faced the Golden State Warriors. The Knicks recorded 38 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive rebounds for a total of 56 in this matchup. They also blocked 5 attempts while getting 4 steals for the matchup. The Warriors committed 18 fouls for this contest which got the Knicks to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 86.4%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, New York buried 11 of their 29 attempts (37.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Knicks walked away from this one shooting 38 for 97 from the floor which had them shooting 39.2%. The Knicks permitted the Warriors to knock down 40 out of 89 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 44.9% for this game. They went 34.2% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 13 of 38 and ended up going 21 of 24 from the free throw line (87.5%). Concerning rebounding, New York permitted Golden State to collect 41 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Julius Randle ended up having an impact for the Knicks for this game. He knocked down 8 of 21 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 38.1%, and accumulated 10 rebounds. Randle earned 25 points in his 34:37 minutes on the court and added 7 dimes in the matchup. One more player that was pivotal for New York was Elfrid Payton. He finished with 4 dimes in his 33:38 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 8 of 19 from the floor. Payton walked away from this one going 42.1% from the floor in addition to earning 20 points and 3 total rebounds.
New York has a win-loss mark of 15-17 so far this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Knicks are shooting 44.7% from the field, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. New York has earned 3,315 pts this year (103.6 per contest) and they pull down 47.3 boards per game. They are earning an assist 20.8 times per game (29th in the league) and they turn it over 13.5 times per contest. The Knicks have committed 20.9 fouls per game and they connect on 77.1% from the charity stripe. The Knicks defensively are ranked 1st in basketball in PPG given up with 103.8. They are able to force 11.6 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the field (1st in the NBA). The New York defense allows 32.4% on shots from 3-point land (388 of 1,196) and opponents are converting on 76.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 22.5 assists and 44.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is 3rd and 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Sacramento (+2.5)
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