Sacramento Kings (17-38; 23-29-3 ATS; 30-25 O/U) vs. Houston Rockets (42-13; 27-27-1 ATS; 25-29 O/U)
The red-hot Houston Rockets will host the Sacramento Kings in a Western Conference battle Wednesday night from the Toyota Center. The Kings fell 111-106 to Minnesota on Sunday and take on the Mavericks on Tuesday night. The Rockets defeated Dallas 104-97 on Sunday, and head to Minnesota on Tuesday evening. Houston defeated Sacramento by a 105-100 score in the lone meeting this season.
Fox Playing Well for Kings
The rebuilding Sacramento Kings find themselves in last place in the Western Conference heading into Tuesday’s action. They were very competitive in their 111-106 road loss to Minnesota on Sunday. De’Aaron Fox was a bright spot in that one, collecting 23 points on 8 for 16 shooting. The rookie out of Kentucky is playing well, averaging 14.4 points this month, increasing his season average to 11.3 points on 41% shooting. Kings’ leading scorer Zach Randolph contributed with 12 points and six boards in Sunday’s loss. The 16-year veteran power forward is shooting 50% this month, and is posting an average of 14.5 points and seven rebounds per game.
The Kings are struggling defensively, and they have dropped five out of their last six games as a result. They are a young team filled with a good amount of talent which includes Buddy Hield. The second-year shooting guard has scored 16 points in back-to-back games, and is averaging 12.6 points per game. Hield scored 19 points in the loss to Houston early in the season. The Kings possess a poor 9-21 record away from home, and are averaging an NBA-low 98.6 points per game. Sacramento is conceding an average of 106.8 points, placing them 20th in the NBA.
Rockets Fighting For First Place
The Houston Rockets will continue their chase for first place in the Western Conference, currently sitting one game back of the Warriors heading into Tuesday’s action. Rockets’ leading scorer James Harden tallied 27 points and nine assists in the Rockets’ 105-100 road win against the Kings earlier in the season. The 28-year old point guard is having an MVP calibre season, averaging an NBA-leading 31.3 points per game, and he is third in the NBA with 8.9 assists. Harden is averaging 24.1 points in 29 career games against the Kings. Chris Paul was outstanding in the Rockets win against Dallas on Sunday, netting 25 points with eight boards and nine assists. The 32-year old point guard has scored at least 22 points in four out of his last five games, and is now up to 19.4 points on 47% shooting.
Houston is riding an eight game winning streak heading into Tuesday’s game in Minnesota. They have notched road wins against the Spurs and Cavaliers in their winning streak, and their powerhouse offense is looking very difficult to contain. Houston is a dominant 22-6 on their home court this season, and they rank second in the NBA with 114.1 points per game. They are allowing an average of 105.6 points, placing them 15th overall.
The Sacramento Kings are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Houston.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against the Southwest division.
The Houston Rockets are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- the favorite is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings between the Kings and Rockets
- the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between the Kings and Rockets.
I am taking the Rockets in this contest. The Rockets continue to pour on the points on most nights, and they are up against a struggling Kings defense. Sacramento is allowing an average of 109.7 points in their last seven games heading into Tuesday’s action, and the Kings three-point defense ranks last in the NBA, so I expect the Rockets to feast on them. Furthermore, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 100 points in their last five home games, and they should have no problem defending the lowest scoring team in the NBA.