Sacramento Kings v Charlotte Hornets – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
Sacramento Kings will meet with Charlotte Hornets this Thursday, October 31 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, where the hosts will hope they can bounce back from their disastrous start of the season, which left them winless four games in. Hornets on the other side are not in a much better spot, seeing how they are traveling to Sacramento with three consecutive defeats behind them and are as well in a desperate need for a win that would get then back on the track.
Hornets continue their west coast trip
The Hornets travel to Sacramento for their third road game, hoping they can improve upon results they have put up thus far and claim their first road win of the season. Since winning their opening fixture of the season against Chicago Bulls (126:125), Hornets fell short against Minnesota (99:121), LA Lakers (120:101) and most recently against LA Clippers (111:96), meaning Hornets are venturing off into their fifth fixture of the season with an underwhelming 1-3 record next to their name. If we take a closer look at Hornets’ recent fixtures, we have come to realize they like to push the pace which tends to produce exciting matches, however, it’s their lack of solid defense that is worrying and the main factor why Hornets are in the hole they’re in.
In their fixture against Clippers, Borrego’s men started off strong with a 28:29 first quarter, followed by a 26:28 second quarter. While they failed to get themselves in a lead, Hornets remained relatively competitive with Clippers, who were barely three points in the lead ahead of the second half, leaving the game wide open. That said, Hornets failed to utilize their chances in the third quarter, as they went down by additional nine points (20:29), at which point they found themselves trailing by double digits (74:86). Last quarter was not any different compared to the first three, meaning Clippers were “allowed” to further extend their lead by three points (25:22), resulting in a fairly confident 111:96 win, which helped them bounce back from a 130:122 defeat against Phoenix Suns on Sunday. Looking at the said fixture, we were not too satisfied with Hornet’s defense, which was more or less non-existent in Q1 and Q3, when they let Clippers shot with 62.5% and 52.4% accuracy respectively.
The top scorer of the match was Leonard with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, followed by Williams with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists and Harrell at third with 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists. For Hornets, the top scorer was Rozier with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists, Monk at second with 15 points, one rebound and one assist, and Graham at third with 14 points, one rebound and 12 assists. Zeller also achieved a double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and one assist.
Winless Kings looking for a breath of fresh air
It’s not been the perfect start of the season for Kings. In fact, it’s been far from it, seeing how the Kings are entering their fifth game of the season with a 0-4 record next to their name. In the opening fixture of their 2019/20 campaign, Kings lost to Suns (124:95), followed by a 112:122 defeat against Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz (113:81) and most recently a 94:101 defeat against Denver Nuggets.
Looking at King’s meeting with Denver Nuggets, it would be fair to say the fixture did not look all that bad from the start for the home side. Kings grabbed a respectable seven-point lead in the first quarter (28:21), but fell behind slightly in the second (25:26). Nonetheless, the home side were still six points up heading into the second quarter, which looked promising. That is up until they fell apart. Nuggets completely crushed Walton’s men who went down 13 points (17:30), meaning the rhythm of the game tipped into Nuggets’ favor who were now seven points up heading into the last quarter. Unlike Q3, the last quarter did not produce any surprises. Kings did their best to push for a win but to no avail. Last quarter saw the two sides put up 24 points each (24:24), meaning Kings had to make peace with the fact they just suffered their fourth consecutive defeat of the season, while Nuggets grabbed their third win in a row.
The top scorer of the match was Holmes with 24 points to which he added 13 rebounds. Fox scored 20 points, added 3 rebounds and nine assists, whereas Murray ended the match with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.
As the results suggest, the team have been a huge disappointment four games into new head coach Luke Walton’s tenure, however, they will look to make waves this Thursday as they clash with Hornets.
Verdict & Prediction
As mentioned above, Hornets tend to push the pace a lot, yet lack any real quality in the defense, which tends to make most of the fixtures they are involved in high scoring ones. Kings, on the other side, tend to take full advantage of such situations, and we believe they will do just that here, that is despite the fact their form (0-4) is anything but praiseworthy. We expect them to space out the floor, shoot threes and take run in transition at every opportunity available.
We expect Kings to put up a show this Thursday, considering this is a match that gives them an excellent opportunity to bounce back from their 0-4 record, and from what we have seen from them thus far, they have a solid chance to dominate here. That being said, Kings can be shaky in the defense at times, which could easily result in the Hornets getting some easy baskets. For that reason, we can expect Hornets to score a respectable amount of points here as well. In our eyes, everything points towards a high scoring affair and we believe that’s exactly what we will get to see at Golden 1 Center.
Prediction: Over 223.00 Points
Odds: 1.97 Pinnacle