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#563 Sacramento Kings 227 vs.
#564 Houston Rockets -12
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Toyota Center, Houston
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets

Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX

When: Monday, December 9, 8:00 PM. ET.

The Houston Rockets will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Kings Trying To Snap Four-Game Losing Streak To Rockets

The Kings have struggled over the last two weeks, losing four of their last six games. They have also struggled against the Rockets, losing their last four games to Houston and nine of their last 10 games against the Rockets. They will be trying to snap their losing streak to the Rockets and pick up their second win in a row when they play on Monday night.

Sacramento has struggled offensively, averaging 104.9 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They scored 110 points against Dallas on Sunday, managing to hold off the Mavericks despite being held to 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Nemanja Bjelica led the way for the Kings with 30 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Buddy Hield finished with 26 points and four rebounds, and five assists, while Harrison Barnes added 13 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

The Kings have done a better job on the defensive end, holding opponents to 108.6 points per game. Even though they are playing on consecutive nights and will be dealing with some fatigue, they will need to continue playing well defensively to give themselves a chance to win this game.

Rockets Going For Fifth Win In Six Games

The Rockets are playing well at the moment and have won four of their last five games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the struggling Kings on Monday, which will give them their third win in a row and fifth win in their last six games.

Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 120.5 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. They scored 115 points in their win over Phoenix and will need to continue playing well offensively to get the win.

James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 34 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists, while Ben McLemore added 27 points and two rebounds for the Rockets.

Houston has struggled defensively, giving up 114.9 points per game. They have played better in their last two games, holding opponents to 109 points per game and will need another solid defensive effort to win their fifth consecutive game against the Kings.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Houston is the second-best offensive team in the league, averaging 120.5 points per game. They are averaging 131.2 points per game in their last four games and will create problems for the Kings, who are giving up 108.6 points per game but have given up 115 points per game in their last three games. Sacramento is averaging 104.9 points per game and will have a hard time keeping up with the Rockets offensively. Sacramento also hasn't played well on the road, losing nine of their last 12 away from home and things won't get any easier for them in this game because Hield will be outmatched by Westbrook and Harden on the perimeter while Capela outmuscles Bjelica on the inside. With the Kings playing on consecutive nights and the Rockets winning nine of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, Houston is the best bet here.

Prediction: Houston Rockets -12

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Rockets are playing at a high level offensively, averaging 131.2 points per game in their last four games. With the Kings giving up 115 points per game in their last three games, the Rockets will be able to put up a lot of points in this game. Even though Sacramento hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 104.9 points per game, they will score against the Rockets, who haven’t played well defensively and give up 114.9 points per game. With the Rockets playing over the total in three of their last five home games and the Kings playing over the total in two of their last three games, the over makes the most sense here.

Prediction: Over 227

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Rockets will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Kings in the first half of their last three games, averaging 62 points per game while the Kings average 50 points per game.

 

Prediction: Houston Rockets

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The Rockets and Kings are averaging 112 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.