The Sacramento Kings (18-43), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Brooklyn Nets (20-42) to Golden 1 Center. Brooklyn opened as a 1-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 214 points. Action begins at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 1, 2018, and it can be seen on YES Network.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings ATS Preview
In the Nets’ last contest, they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 129-123. With 25 points on 9-for-18 shooting, D’Angelo Russell led Brooklyn in scoring. Cleveland had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.8 (above their season average of 19.4). Brooklyn, meanwhile, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (23-30; 76.7 percent).
The Kings are trying to rebound after their 116-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their last contest. With 17 points and 10 rebounds, Willie Cauley-Stein played well for Sacramento. Portland held the Kings to an offensive rebounding percentage of 14.0 (below their season average of 21.6). Sacramento, on the other hand, forced the Trail Blazers into a turnover percentage of 15.7 (above their season average of 12.2).
It will be a showdown of opposite tempos as the fast-breaking Nets (ranked fifth in the league in possessions per game) will look to push the more half-court-oriented Kings (25th in possessions per game).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Brooklyn games have gone under 56.5 percent of the time, while games including Sacramento have finished over 55.7 percent of the time. Both teams have dreadful straight up (SU) records (20-42 for Brooklyn; 18-43 for Sacramento), but the Nets have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Brooklyn is 35-26-1 ATS, while the Kings are 26-32-3.
Allen Crabbe has been exceptional over the last five games for Brooklyn, averaging 19.8 points and 1.2 steals per game.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 203 points in that game, which was just under the projected point total of 206. The Kings won 104-99, covering as 6-point underdogs. The Kings’ offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Nets. Sacramento had a rate of 35.1, while Brooklyn posted a mark of 28.6. George Hill scored a game-high 22 points.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Kings, ATS Winner – Kings, O/U – Over
- The Kings rank ninth in blocks allowed per game (4.5) while the Nets rank last (5.7).
- Sacramento ranks 24th in points off turnovers per game (15.2) while Brooklyn ranks last (14.2).
- Brooklyn ranks fourth in assists allowed per game (21.2) while Sacramento ranks 23rd (24.3).
- Sacramento ranks 17th in points in the paint per game (43.5) while Brooklyn ranks 18th in points allowed in the paint per game (45.3).
- Sacramento is 11-17 ATS at home, while Brooklyn is 19-12 ATS on the road.
- The total has gone under in 17 of the Nets’ 31 road games, while 17 of the Kings’ 28 home games have gone over.
- In games where they hold opponents below 100 points, Brooklyn is 12-1 and Sacramento is 11-4.
- When scoring above 100 points, the Nets are 16-27 and the Kings are 13-17.
- The Kings rank 11th in second chance points allowed per game (11.6) while the Nets rank 26th (13.5).
- Brooklyn ranks first in three pointers allowed per game (24.8) while Sacramento ranks 27th (31.8).
- The Nets rank fifth in rebounds per game (45.0) while the Kings rank 29th (40.3).
- The Nets average 10.1 fast break points per game, which ranks 18th in the NBA. The Kings rank 23rd in fast break points allowed per game (12.7).
- Sacramento ranks eighth in steals per game (8.2) while Brooklyn ranks last (6.1).
- Sacramento is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Brooklyn is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Kings’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.4, up from 8.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Nets have scored an average of 105.4 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 109.8 points per game (0.2 above their season average).