Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings
Barclays Center Arena, Brooklyn
The Nets have lost 11 games in a row, and they are also considered outsiders in their home game against the Kings. Brooklyn recently lost on the road to Sacramento. Can the home team get revenge and break their losing streak?Receive Your Sign-Up Bonus!
The Nets have long lost Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving has not played in their home games, and James Harden missed several games before being traded to Philadelphia. Because of the constant losses, the team has to rebuild their game. Brooklyn play isolation more often than any other team in the NBA, but lately, they've been leaning a bit more towards combo basketball. The club has added another decent sharpshooter: Seth Curry, Patty Mills, and Cam Thomas will be a serious threat at the arc. Curry will make his Nets debut against Sacramento State, and Andre Drummond is scheduled to take the court for the first time since being traded. Ben Simmons is still out and unavailable, while Joe Harris remains injured. The participation of James Johnson is questionable.
Brooklyn have lost 11 straight and fallen to eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Steve Nash's team lost to Miami in their last game, 111-115. The Nets shot only 30% from three-point range this time, but their 12 steals and solid play in the fast break kept the team in the game. Long-distance shots did not go to Patty Mills, and Kessler Edwards and Kyrie Irving were the team's best. The star point guard had 29 points and five assists.
The Kings have played two games since getting Domantas Sabonis, and thanks to 2 wins in those games, they came close to 10th place in the Western Conference. Now the Kings are 13th, with all the fight still ahead of them. Even before the recent trade, Sacramento State started to play dynamic basketball. The team moved the ball well, and now the passing centre has added momentum. Many of the Kings' attacks are channeled through Sabonis, the Lithuanian often coming to the basket and creating open shots for his teammates from beyond the arc. Davion Mitchell, who had scored an average of 16.4 points in his previous nine games, has also undergone a noticeable transformation. Mitchell comes off the bench, and the Kings' 2nd unit has good defensive upside. As for the injured, only Terence Davis will not play, with Jeremy Lamb in doubt.
Alvin Gentry's men went down early in their recent game against Washington but eventually won 123-110. Sabonis was only noticeable in parts of the game, hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field, and De'Aaron Fox was accurate from midrange. Harrison Barnes was again very effective, and Chimezie Metu, Davion Mitchell, Justin Holiday, and Maurice Harkless had decent shots from beyond the arc. In the paint, the team defended well, conceding just 40 points from that area.
Expert Betting Tips
In the last face-to-face meeting with their current opponent, Brooklyn threw just 25 three-pointers; now, they have the opportunity to increase this figure significantly, and at the same time to increase their completion percentage. The Nets are experiencing fewer losses, with LaMarcus Aldridge returning and Drummond and Claxton ready to play. Sacramento's last two games didn't come out of Sabonis alone: Harrison Barnes, for example, barely missed a shot. If the Kings slump even slightly on offense, the defense is unlikely to make up for it. Overall, the odds are roughly even, although the bookmakers prefer the visitors. I would suggest betting on the following outcomes:
- Handicap 1 (+5.5) for 1.81;
- Total Over 224.5 points for 1.64;
- Harrison Barnes: Total Under 16.5 points for 1.95.