Golden State Warriors v Sacramento Kings – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
After winning three in a row, Sacramento Kings have fallen flat this Saturday, when they lost to New York Knicks and will now look to bounce back with a strong performance against Golden State Warriors whose playoffs ambitions are long gone.
Golden State Warriors struggles continue
There is no going around the fact that Golden State Warriors are not enjoying the 2019/20 season and their ongoing injury concerns don’t help their cause either. As it stands now, GSW are 5-22 on the year and 1-4 in their last five, which is nothing to be proud of. In regards to their last five, GSW lost to Charlotte Hornets (91:106), defeated Chicago Bulls (100:98) and lost their next three against Memphis Grizzlies (102:110), New York Knicks (122:124)(OT) and most recently against Utah Jazz (106:114).
In their clash with Utah Jazz, GSW started strong but fell off towards the end of the match. The visitors claimed a seven-point lead (29:22) by the end of the first quarter, and managed to finish the second quarter 27-all, meaning GSW were entering the second half seven points ahead (56:49). Unfortunately, that was where their run has come to an end. The third quarter saw Utah Jazz completely outplay GSW and outscored them by nine points (37:28) to which they added another solid performance in the fourth and last quarter (28:22), turning the game around and securing a comfortable 114:106 win. The top scorer of the night was Bogdan Bogdanovic with 32 points, four rebounds and one assist. Donovan Mitchell scored 28 and added four rebounds and three assists, while Alec Burks scored 24 and had five rebounds and three assists.
Sacramento Kings hoping for Fox’s return
Sacramento Kings are entering the Monday’s bout with 11-14 record on the year which sits them at ninth spot in the West, tied with both Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns. Looking back at Kings’ last five fixtures, they have lost to San Antonio Spurs (104:105)(OT), defeated Dallas Mavericks (110:106), Houston Rockets (119:118) and Oklahoma City Thunder (94:93), only to fall flat against New York Knicks (101:103) this Saturday.
It was a rather shocking defeat for Sacramento Kings who entered their bout with Knicks as heavy favorites, yet failed to live up to the expectations. What made things even worse was how Kings lost the match. Sacramento grabbed a substantial 12- point lead by the end of the first quarter (32:20) and while they slightly underperformed in Q2 (22:25), Kings still headed into the second half with a nine-point lead (54:45), which would lead us to believe they will end the match ahead. But as we have come to realize that was not the case. Knicks pushed Kings to their limits, managed to reduce the gap to eight points by the end of the third quarter and went even further in the fourth and last quarter, where they decimated the hosts by outscoring them by 10 points (31:21), thus produced an incredible comeback and won the match 103:101.
Alec Burks ended the match as the top scorer with 34 points, to which he added 12 rebounds and three assists. Julius Randle scored 26, had nine rebounds and four dimes, while Matt Barnes ended the match with 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Verdict & Prediction
Kings will enter this bout with De’Aaron Fox listed as doubtful, which suggests he could return on the court after a long absence. While his return will benefit Kings significantly, we don’t believe he will be 100% ready to play on top of his game. That is if he even does return to play. GSW on the other side will miss Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, while Ky Bowman will not play as he is on G League assignment. Other than that, Warriors have Eric Paschall as questionable and are expecting Draymond Green to return after resting their previous game.
As we see it, Kings are overrated here. They might have put up some solid results recently, but they are visibly struggling without Fox. And while he might return here, we have already addressed we can’t expect him to be 100% ready. In our eyes, GSW are stronger than their results would suggest. With Greenback on the court, we expect they will have an edge going against former Warriors assistant Like Walton. This match will most likely be a slow-paced one, simply because that’s how Kings play most of their fixtures. That leads us to believe GSW will have a shot at playing at their own pace and turn this one into a more physical and defensive match
Prediction: Golden State Warriors +3.5 Points
Odds: 2.03 Pinnacle