Sacramento Kings vs LA Clippers

 

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The Sacramento Kings will travel to the Staples Center on Wednesday night to take on the Los Angels Clippers. The Kings are sitting at 5-9 and are riding a three-game losing streak after falling to the New Orleans Pelicans 128-123 on Monday night. The Clippers are 10-4 and are on a four-game winning streak with a 129-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
These teams are sitting at different positions in their franchise as the Kings are building while the Clippers are contending. Let’s take a deep dive into this game and figure out where we should be placing our money.

Swipa the Fox

Point guard De’Aaron Fox has been one of the best young players in the league. He is averaging 20.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 30.7 minutes on the court. He needs to improve his shooting numbers as he is 47.5 percent from the floor, 34.5 percent from the three-point line, and 70.9 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Pelicans, Fox played 39 minutes and finished with 43 points, four rebounds, 13 assists, and four steals. If he can figure out a way to replicate this performance, it will be needed for the Kings.

The Los Angeles Clippers have an above-average defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 108.6 points per game, which ranks 9th in the NBA. In their last game against the Indiana Pacers, they allowed 96 points on 37-of-89 (41.6 percent) from the floor, 11-of-38 (28.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 16 free-throws. If the Clippers can figure out to repeat this defensive performance, they should be in a good spot.

Regular Season P

Shooting guard Paul George has been the player the Clippers have leaned onto in the offensive sets. He is averaging 24.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 34.5 minutes per game. He is shooting incredibly well as he is 51 percent from the floor, 51 percent from beyond the arc, and 92.3 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Pacers, George played 34 minutes and finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, and four turnovers. If he can cut down on the turnovers and put up the same production, it’ll be a good day for the Clippers.

The Sacramento Kings have been the worst defense this season as they are giving up 123.6 points per game. In their last game against the Pelicans, they allowed 128 points on 45-of-85 (52.9 percent) from the floor, 11-of-22 (50 percent) from beyond the arc, and 34 free-throw opportunities. If they can figure out a way to defend without fouling, it’ll lower the point totals and the field goal percentage to a more respectable level.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Clippers should take advantage of the porous defense that the Kings have been playing this season. Los Angeles has been playing solid defense and should be able to take control of this game. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard should be able to figure out how to take advantage in this game and make sure the Clippers are able to cover the spread here.

Prediction:
Los Angeles Clippers -9.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

This number is going to be too high when the defenses aren’t incredible. The Kings are averaging 114.3 points per game on 47.4 percent shooting while the Clippers are averaging 114.9 points per game on 48.7 percent. These totals are going to be set too high with good offenses and not as good defenses so go with the UNDER in this game.

Prediction:
UNDER