Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#4773 Portland Trail Blazers vs.
#4774 Sacramento Kings
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:00pm EST
Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
Written by The Admiral

Portland Trail Blazers (6-4) vs. Sacramento Kings (5-6)

The Portland Trail Blazers will be looking to extend their winning streak to four straight games when they take on the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Portland won their third in a row when they narrowly defeated Toronto on Monday, 112-111. Sacramento snapped a two-game skid when they beat Indiana on Monday, 127-122.

Portland is favored by 4.5-points. They won the most recent matchup between these teams, defeating Sacramento on Saturday, 125-99. The Trail Blazers have won seven of the last 10 meetings between these teams.

McCollum Jumper Wins It for Trail Blazers

CJ McCollum hit the go-ahead jumper with 9.6 seconds left in the game to give Portland a 112-111 victory over Toronto on Monday. McCollum finished with a team-high 30 points, hitting 10 of 19 shots, including five of 11 from beyond the arc.

Carmelo Anthony came off the bench to knock in 20 as Portland erased a 17-point deficit on their way to victory. Anthony had 13 points in the fourth quarter. Damien Lillard scored 23.

Portland is averaging 117.3 ppg, fourth in the NBA. They are also fourth in shot attempts per game (91.9), second in three-point attempts (42.3). They are only shooting 44.6% from the field, but are hitting on 38.1% of their three-point attempts, eighth overall, and 80% of free-throw attempts, ninth overall. The Trail Blazers are eighth in the NBA and steals per game at 8.5.

McCollum leads the team in scoring at 28.1 ppg with Lillard right behind a 26.1 per contest. Lillard leads the team in assists at 6.4 per game. Enes Kanter is the leading rebounder at 9.3 per contest. Center Jusuf Nurkic (9.5 ppg) is listed as questionable for this game.

Kings Hang on to Defeat Pacers

A change in a review call had a significant impact for Indiana, as the basket was taken away, helping the Sacramento Kings preserve a 127-122 victory over the Pacers. Harrison Barnes led the way with 30 points, going 10 of 14 from the field, including eight of eight from the free-throw line, as Sacramento impressively won this game despite six players sidelined.

Richaun Holmes had a double-double, scoring 16 points and adding 10 rebounds. Deaaron Fox came one assist short of a double-double as he added 21 points.

The Kings are averaging 113.7 ppg while allowing 121.1 per contest. They are shooting 46.7% from the field and 36.3% from three-point range. Sacramento is third in the NBA in free throws per game at 20.2 but is only connecting on 72.1% of their opportunities. They are eighth in the league in blocks at 5.6 per game.

Fox leads the team in scoring at 18.3 ppg and is the team leader in assists at 5.4 per contest. Barnes is second at 17.9 points and is third in rebounding at 6.9 per game. Marvin Bagley is the leading rebounder for the Kings at 8.0 per game and is averaging 12.3 points per contest.

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No doubt that was a very impressive victory by Sacramento on Monday. They really gutted out a big win, especially considering the six players who sat out combine for about 40 minutes of playing time per game. That meant a lot of extra minutes for starters and they delivered.

Unfortunately for Sacramento, they are facing a Portland team that is starting to catch fire themselves. They put together quite a comeback against the Raptors and McCollum is turning into one of the most complete players in the NBA. He is a real force and I expect him to combine with Lillard to help Portland to their fourth straight victory.

Prediction: Go with Portland and give up the points -4.5 (-110)

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The total is set at 236.0 for this contest, which means oddsmakers expect quite the high-scoring affair. The Trail Blazers are putting together quite a run, scoring at least 122 points in four of their last six games. Sacramento has not been as prolific, but they have scored better than 123 in three of their last four games.

These are two teams that are starting to come into their own offensively and it is showing in the number of points they are producing each night. Portland has gone over in 16 of their last 23 games on the road while Sacramento has gone over in four of their last five overall and four of their last five at home. I think this is a game where both teams score in the 120s, so take Portland to win, 127-121.

Prediction: Go over 236.0 (-110)
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