Boston Celtics vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 3/18/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
The Sacramento Kings (25-46) will play the Boston Celtics (42-28) at Golden 1 Center on Friday.
The Celtics stepped onto the hardwood against the Warriors and notched a win by a score of 110-88 in their last contest. Boston ended having earned a 46.9% field goal percentage (38 of 81) and made 15 of their 40 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 19 of their 22 shots for a percentage of 86.4%. With respect to getting rebounds, they collected 53 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 23 assists for the contest while forcing 4 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In regard to defense, Boston allowed 37.2% from the floor on 32 out of 86 shooting. Golden State totaled 38 assists and had 19 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Golden State totaled 31 boards (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Golden State finished the game shooting 81.3% when shooting free throws by converting 13 of 16 attempts. They also converted 11 of 48 tries from 3-point range. Concerning personal fouls, the Celtics ended up walking away with 15 and the Warriors accumulated 8 personal fouls.
Marcus Smart is one player who came through for the contest. Smart ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor and also earned 8 dimes. He was on the court for 34 mins and collected 4 boards. He left the arena with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting.
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Boston enters this matchup with a mark of 42-28 on the season. They currently have an average of 109.5 points per contest (16th in basketball) while going 45.6% from the field. The Celtics are connecting on 34.3% on shots from distance (879 of 2,560) and 81.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Boston is snagging 46.4 rebounds per game and has accumulated 1,677 assists for the campaign, which ranks 15th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Celtics have forced 13.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 fouls. They give up 33.5% on shots from distance while they are 2nd in the league in opponents points per game (103.7). The Celtics defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 43.1% (2,654 of 6,163) and they surrender 44.4 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 1st in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,504 surrendered this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the Kings took a defeat with a final score of 135-126 when they played the Bucks. When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Sacramento allowed Milwaukee to get 39 in all (8 on the offensive side). They shot 51.4% from beyond the arc by shooting 18 of 35 and ended up shooting 23 out of 32 at the free throw line (71.9%). The Kings permitted the Bucks to convert 47 of 89 tries from the field which had them shooting 52.8% for the matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Kings shot 46 out of 94 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.9%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, Sacramento buried 16 of their 43 tries (37.2%). They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 85.7%. The Bucks committed 11 fouls for this contest which took the Kings to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They coughed it up 15 times, while recording 8 steals for this contest. The Kings earned 32 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in this matchup.
Domantas Sabonis pitched in for the Kings in this contest. He made 6 out of 13 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and had 5 rebounds. Sabonis tallied 22 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and had 7 assists for the game.
Sacramento has a win-loss mark of 25-46 for the campaign. As an offense, the Kings are shooting 45.9% from the field, which is 18th in basketball. Sacramento has totaled 7,844 points so far this season (110.5 per contest) and they grab 43.3 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 23.6 times per game (20th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.1 times per contest. The Kings are responsible for committing 19.4 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 76.8% from the free throw line.
The Kings defensively are ranked 29th in the league in points allowed per contest with 115.6. They are able to force 13.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the field (29th in the NBA). The Sacramento defense surrenders 36.4% on 3-point attempts (892 of 2,448) and their opponents are connecting on 77.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 24.9 assists and 45.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 19th and 21st in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento
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