Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings

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NBA action Thursday night places the two teams from Northern California squaring off for bragging rights as the Golden State Warriors (22-22) make the quick travel to California’s state capital to take on the surging Sacramento Kings (19-25). Golden State had the night off on Wednesday after losing to the Sixers 108-98 on the road. The Kings took down the Atlanta Hawks 110-108 Wednesday night at home.

These teams have met once already this year on Jan. 4 when Golden State beat Sacramento 137-106 in San Francisco. The Warriors are currently a game and half behind the Spurs for the 8th playoff spot in the West, but without Stephen Curry tonight. Last time out for the Kings was last night when the Kings handed the Hawks their second consecutive loss.

The Sacramento Kings are (-2.5) point home favorites over Golden State on Thursday night and the total for the game is hovering around 222 points.

Warriors Fall To Sixers 108-98

Golden State has played in seven games since the All-Star break, losing four of those games and winning only three. They’ve dropped their last two games without Stephen Curry. They last lost on Tuesday to Philadelphia 108-98 and then also lost the game prior to that on Saturday to Memphis 111-103.

No surprise but Stephen Curry leads the way for Golden State with 29 points per game, but he is going to be unavailable for the next week or two. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said that Curry underwent an MRI on Tuesday which led to the organization’s decision to keep him out for at least four more games.

The Warriors will need players like Kelly Oubre Jr. and Jordan Poole to help carry the load with Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. Against the Sixers Oubre Jr. had 24 points and 10 boards to lead the Warriors. Poole added 19 points which was a big lift from his season average of 10.8 points per game. Wiggins has been nothing short of fabulous since joining Golden State from Minnesota and is averaging 17.7 points per game. Wiggins recently had 40 against Memphis a few nights ago.

Kings Battle Hawks For A 110-108 Victory

The Sacramento Kings knocked off the visiting Atlanta Hawks last night 110-108 in a game where De’Aaron Fox scored 37 points and rookie Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points to go with 7 assists. Fox shot 13 of 20 giving the Atlanta defense fits all night. As good as Fox was, Haliburton was even better down the stretch for the Kings. Haliburton had a four-point play with 4:58 remaining. After Trae Young tied the game at 108 a piece, Haliburton was then fouled driving to the basket and made both free throws to seal the victory for the Kings.

Sacramento currently sits 12th in the Western Conference standings 4.5 games out of the eighth spot which is currently held by the San Antonio Spurs. The Kings are dead last in the Pacific Division 10.5 games behind the Phoenix Suns. Sacramento is one of the better offensive teams in the league averaging 114.5 points per game which ranks 9th in the NBA. The main issue for Sacramento is their defense. The Kings allow opponents to score an average of 119 points per game which ranks last in the NBA.

De’Aaron Fox leads the way for Sacramento with 23.8 points per game to go with 7.4 assists. Fox has had a season-high 43 points this season against the Pelicans back in January, and his 37 points last night marked his 10th 30-point game of the season. Buddy Hield is second in points for the Kings at 16.8 points per game to go with his 4.6 rebounds per game. And right behind Hield is Harrison Barnes who is contributing an average of 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

The Bottom Line
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The Sacramento Kings are in a really good spot at home Thursday night to take advantage of a Curry-less Warriors team in the Golden 1 Center. However, Golden State is a young motivated team only one and half games out of the 8th playoff spot in the West. With San Antonio playing the Clippers again tonight, and the LeBron-less Lakers taking on the 76ers, both teams are in a spot tonight to move up in the standings and closer to the 8th playoff spot. I am expecting a hard-fought battle and neither team is primed for a blowout in this contest. The hotter team is Sacramento who has won four of its last five games while Golden State has dropped two straight and three of their last five games. Despite battling with the Hawks last night for four very tough quarters and the Warriors having the night off, I think the Kings have more momentum and less injuries. The combination of Fox, Haliburton, Hield, and Barnes is playing a lot better than the combination of Wiggins, Green, Oubre Jr. and Poole. Take the Kings to extend their win streak and cover the 2.5 points they are laying at home.

Prediction:
Sacramento Kings -2.5

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There were 243 points scored in the last game between these teams as Curry scored 30 points in that matchup but will be unavailable Thursday night. In the last two losses without Curry the Warriors have only scored 104 and 98 points in those games. The Kings are averaging 112.4 points per game over their last five games and the Warriors have surrendered 108.8 points over their last five games, so I see no problem with Sacramento producing on the offensive end. And if you are interested on the over, the Kings have the worst the defense in the league. Still means Golden State is going to need everything from their starters and bench to carry this total over the line of 222. I think the addition of James Wiseman back from injury for the Warriors will increase the offensive production. At best I see the Warriors getting to 105-110 points, but the Kings offense is rolling and I see them landing somewhere between 115-120 points against the Warriors. Take the over in this contest.

Prediction:
222