Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors, 01/08/17 – Prediction
Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Golden State Warriors (31-6, 15-21 ATS) at Sacramento Kings (15-21, 18-17 ATS)
NBA: Sunday, January 8 at 9.00 PM ET, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
The Line: Golden State Warriors -10.5
The 31-6 Golden State Warriors travel to Sacramento to face the inconsistent Kings in a Sunday night game from the Golden 1 Center. The Warriors are looking to bounce back from a stunning 128-119 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Kings will be eager to end their losing streak, their latest defeat coming against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kings continue consistently inconsistent season
The Sacramento Kings suffered the wrath of Chris Paul’s return as the Los Angeles Clippers found the missing piece of their offensive jigsaw they were desperate to recover. Austin Rivers scored 24 points, JJ Redick and DeAndre Jordan scored 20 apiece and Paul added 12 points to consign the Kings to their fourth loss in five games, 106-98.
For the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points to go with his 11 rebounds. Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and Ty Lawson made significant contributions: 20, 18 and 17 points respectively. The Kings had the chance to tie the game at 100, but typical of their season so far, they turned the ball over at a clutch moment.
The Kings took a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but scored only 12 in the next, and the Clippers made them pay to take a 12-point lead into the half. “They’re a good team. We didn’t expect to blow them out,” Gay said. “I think our execution went down a couple of times and we forced things and that’s what happens. You can’t do that against good teams.”
‘Atrocious’ Warriors see 24-point lead slip
Sloppy, ‘atrocious’ on offense, squandering a huge advantage at home. These aren’t used often to describe the Golden State Warriors, especially with all their starters in good form. That’s probably because you won’t see the Warriors score just 13 points in a quarter at home: they normally score that in a fourth of a quarter. They scored their first field goal in the fourth with just a little over three minutes to play.
But the Warriors were truly abysmal in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies, allowing them to cut a deficit of 24 points to nothing at the end of regulation. The Grizzlies’ sustained effort helped them get to a 124-118 win, becoming the first team to beat the Warriors twice this season. The Warriors had the chance to win it in regulation, but Stephen Curry’s long-range effort bounced off the rim.
Curry, who finished with 40 points, said the loss was a part of the NBA process: “There’s no panic at all. You go through these hiccups, these road bumps and it pokes air out of the balloon a little bit, but that’s what the regular season’s for,” Curry said. “Last year, I don’t think we had many opportunities to kind of self-assess.”
Kevin Durant scored 27 points with 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson recovered from an illness and scored 17 points.
Golden State Warriors are:
- 4-1 Over in Warriors last 5 overall.
- 4-1 Over in Warriors last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- 4-1 Over in Warriors last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Sacramento Kings are:
- 8-3 Over in Kings last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record.
- 5-2 Over in Kings last 7 against a team with a winning straight up record.
The Golden State Warriors are the best offensive team in the NBA. They average 117.5 points per game, and are coming off a loss they won’t be able to take. They will come out firing, particularly on the offensive end. The Kings will struggle to stay competitive, but have the ability to challenge the Warriors from the three-point range. The Warriors for an ATS win, that will also take the points total over.
The Pick: Over 222.5
Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.
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