Sacramento Kings vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 3/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Portland Blazers
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (+5)
The Sacramento Kings (13-21) are headed to Moda Center on Thursday where they'll take on the Portland Blazers (19-14). The odds on this contest have Portland as 5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 237.
The Sacramento Kings faced off with the Charlotte Hornets and took a loss by a final of 127-126 in their last game. Sacramento wrapped up the contest having earned a 54.3% FG percentage (50 of 92) and knocked down 16 of their 36 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Kings made 10 of their 17 shots for a percentage of 58.8%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 33 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 32 assists for the game as well as creating 16 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When it comes to defense, Sacramento let their opponent shoot 54.2% from the floor on 45 out of 83 shooting. Charlotte distributed 30 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Charlotte snagged 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and got 6 rejections. Charlotte finished the contest at 96.3% from the free throw line by burying 26 of their 27 tries. They also buried 11 out of their 30 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Buddy Hield is one player who was a contributor in this game. He had 30 points on 10 out of 17 shooting. He played 38:49 mins and grabbed 2 boards. Hield ended up going 58.8% from the field and totaled 7 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Kings was Harrison Barnes. He grabbed 6 rebounds in 41:55 min on the hardwood. He shot 71.4% from the floor in this game by hitting 10-of-14 (28 points). When the final whistle blew, Barnes tallied 6 assists.
Sacramento comes into this matchup with a record of 13-21 for the season. They average 114.4 pts per game (10th in basketball) on 47.7% from the field. The Kings are hitting 36.6% on 3-pointers (417 of 1,140) and 71.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Sacramento is pulling down 42.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 879 assists this season, which has them ranked 11th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.9 times per game and as a group are committing 19.9 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Kings are able to force 13.2 turnovers every game and they draw 20.2 personal fouls. They relinquish 40.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 30th in basketball in PPG allowed (120.3). The Kings are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 49.2% (450 of 688) and they relinquish 44.6 boards per game as a unit. They are 23rd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 895 relinquished on the year.
In their last game, the Portland Blazers got the victory with a final of 123-111 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Blazers were able to collect 30 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in the game. They also turned the ball over 15 times, while recording 12 steals for the matchup. The Hornets earned 16 fouls in this contest which took the Blazers to the free throw line for 10 tries. They were able to make 7 of the free throw tries for a rate of 70.0%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Portland buried 24 out of their 46 tries (52.2%). Overall, the Blazers finished the game shooting 46 for 86 from the field which gave them a percentage of 53.5%. The Blazers permitted the Hornets to knock down 43 of 88 tries from the floor which had them shooting 48.9% for the game. They finished 44.1% from 3-point land by going 15 of 34 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%). When talking about rebounds, Portland allowed Charlotte to get 37 in total (11 offensive).
Damian Lillard ended up being a major contributor for the Blazers in this matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 21 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 38.1%, and had 4 rebounds. Lillard totaled 23 points in his 34:49 minutes of playing time and earned 10 dimes in the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Portland was Robert Covington. He walked away with 2 dimes in 38:26 mins on the court, and he converted 8 of 11 from the floor. Covington ended up shooting 72.7% from the floor while also totaling 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Portland has a win-loss record of 19-14 on the year. Portland has tallied 3,776 points so far this season (114.4 per contest) and they grab 44.3 boards per contest. The Blazers are responsible for committing 19.6 personal fouls per contest and they hit 81.9% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Blazers are connecting on 44.5% from the floor, which ranks 26th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 20.1 times per contest (30th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.8 times per game. The Blazers on defense are ranked 25th in the league in PPG given up with 115.1. They have given up 24.9 assists and 46.1 boards every game, which ranks them 18th and 23rd in the league. The Portland defense surrenders 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc (427 of 1,156) and their opposition makes 78.3% of their foul shots. They are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (26th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Sacramento (+5)
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