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The Brooklyn Nets travel to Sacramento on Tuesday to take on the Kings. The Nets are in the middle of a brutal road trip as they look to end a three-game losing streak. The Kings stopped a three game skid with a win over the Bulls on Sunday and they are looking to reach .500 on the season with a win over the Nets.
Nets road skid continues
The Brooklyn Nets are in the middle of a brutal 7 game road trip. So far it hasn’t gone well as they are 0-3 and have fallen to 36-35. They remain in 7th place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but are only 1.5 games up on Miami and 2.5 games up on Orlando. After losses to the Thunder, Jazz, and Clippers, the Nets face their first non-playoff bound team in the Kings. But the Kings are no slouches as they are 34-35 in the tough Western Conference. On Sunday, they lost a 119-116 heart breaker to the Clippers. It was a wild game as the Nets were up 19 points in the second quarter, but then the Clippers stormed back to take a 14-point lead in the fourth. The Nets responded by going on a 10-0 run to tie it at 116 on a dunk by Jarrett Allen with 5.3 seconds left. But then LA’s Lou Williams drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to win it. The Nets shot 42 percent and made 14 of 38 from three-point range. DeAngelo Russell led the Nets with 32 points, including 6 threes, and 10 assists, while DeMarre Carroll added 22 points and 7 rebounds. Allen and Spencer Dinwiddie added 13 points each.
Lou Williams SPLASH for the win at the buzzer. Damn. pic.twitter.com/ErFahO15z5
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 18, 2019
Offensively, the Nets average 111 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the floor and 35 percent shooting from three. Defensively, they give up 111 points per game as opponents shoot 45 percent from the field against them and 34 percent from three, which is the 2nd lowest percentage in the NBA. Russell leads the Nets with 20.2 points and 6.8 assists per game. Dinwiddie averages 17.5 points per game, while Caris Levert averages 14.1 points. Joe Harris averages 13.6 points per game, while Allen averages 11.2 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. Carroll also averages 11 points per game.
Kings top Bulls
The Sacramento Kings won’t make the playoffs, but they are in the midst of their best season in years and want to finish with their first winning record since 2006. The Kings are 34-35, good for 9th place in the Western Conference. They are 6 games behind the Clippers for the 8th and final playoff spot, so catching them seems unlikely. But they have not thrown in the towel yet as they beat up on the Bulls Sunday 129-102. The 34 wins is their most since 2007. “That’s a good feeling,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said after the win. “We’re so locked in on what we’re trying to do and grinding in and out, and every once in a while, you’ve got to step back and take a breath and enjoy the group and the success and how far they’ve come. That’s really cool. I didn’t know that.” The Kings shot 52 percent from the field, had 12 steals, and forced 19 Bulls turnovers. Rookie Marvin Bagley had 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Kings, while De’Aaron Fox added 127 points. Buddy Hield and Harry Giles added 16 points each, while Harrison Barnes chipped in with 15.
The Kings come into this game with no injuries.
Offensively, the Kings average 114 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the floor and 37 percent shooting from three, which is 4th in the league. Defensively, they give up about 114.9 points per game, which is 27th in the league. Opponents shoot 46 percent from the field against them and 34 percent from three-point range. Hield leads the Nets with 20.9 points and 5 rebounds per game, while Fox averages 17.5 points and 7 assists per game. Barnes and Bogdan Bogdanovich each average 14.3 points per game, while Bagley averages 14 points and 7 rebounds per game. Also, Willie Cauley-Stein averages 12 points and 8 rebounds per game.
- Kings are 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
- Kings are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Kings are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games.
- Nets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Nets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Western Conference.
- Nets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Pacific.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Nets getting the points. Wins will be hard to come by on this road trip, but the Nets have a really good chance to steal a win against the Kings. They are coming off a heart breaking loss to the Clippers, which should spur them to either win this or cover the spread. Plus, they beat up on the Kings when they last played in January, winning 123-94 at home. The Nets are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Sacramento. Also, the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Take the Nets.
Prediction: Nets +4
Full-Game Total Pick
I like the under in this one. The Nets held the Kings under 100 points the last time they played and, prior to the Clippers loss, they haven’t allowed more than 119 points to an opponent since March 1. The under is 4-0 in Nets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. Also, the under is 4-1 in Kings last 5 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game. Take the under.