Experts NBA picks - Kings vs Knicks March 9, 2023

Experts NBA picks - Kings vs Knicks March 9, 2023

 

Odds

Time 10:00 p.m. EST
Kings money line -170
Kings spread -4 (-110)
Knicks money line +150
Knicks spread +4 (-110)
Over / under  

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Sacramento Kings New York Knicks
Record 38-26 39-28
Road / home record 20-13 20-12
Streak L2 W1
Points per game 121.00 115.00
Points allowed per game 118.00 112.00
Rebounds per game 44.00 46.00
Rebounds allowed per game 46.00 42.00
Over / under record 32-31-1 35-30-2
 

Preview

The Sacramento Kings are set to take on the New York Knicks in what is sure to be a highly anticipated matchup. With the Kings sitting comfortably in the second spot in the Western Conference standings and the Knicks at the 5th in the East, this game will be a test for both teams. The Kings will be looking to get closer the Nuggets in the table while the Knicks will be looking start another winning streak after losing against the Hornets. The Knicks have already shown their dominance in their previous meeting with the Kings this season, but things could change now that the Kings are ranking #1 on offense in the league. In this article, we will provide an in-depth analysis of both teams, their strengths and weaknesses, and make a final prediction. If you're looking for expert advice on tonight's game, be sure to check out our NBA Experts picks with spread on Kingpin.pro.

 

Sacramento Kings

The Kings have been the surprise this season, with a record of 38-26 and a second-place ranking in the Western Conference. They have won 26 out of 40 Western Conference games, which is a promising record as they're in the second half of the season. One of the strengths of the Kings this season has been their ability to share the ball, as they are ranked fifth in the NBA with an average of 26.8 assists per game. Domantas Sabonis has been a key player for the Kings, leading the team with an average of 6.9 assists per game.

De'Aaron Fox scored 36 points, including six free throws in the final 18.4 seconds of overtime, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 133-128 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Fox was effective on both ends of the court, with 26 of his points coming in the fourth quarter and overtime, and he also played solid defense. Domantas Sabonis had a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Terence Davis contributed 22 points off the bench and Kevin Huerter added 15. Kings coach Mike Brown praised the team's defense and individual performances in the game.

The Sacramento Kings have been led by the dynamic play of De'Aaron Fox on the offensive end of the court. Fox has been averaging an impressive 24.6 points per game on 50.6% shooting from the floor. But Fox is not the only weapon in the Kings' arsenal. The team has demonstrated that they have snipers throughout their roster, with a three-point shooting percentage of 36.5%, which is the 10th-highest in the league. The Kings have also been effective at the free-throw line, hitting 80.1% of their shots. This is the seventh-highest team free-throw shooting percentage in the league, which is essential for securing crucial points and winning games.

Despite their impressive offensive play, the Kings have struggled on the defensive end of the court. They have allowed an average of 117.1 points per game, with their opponents shooting 49.2% from the floor. These stats place the Kings at the 23rd most points surrendered per game and the 28th-lowest shooting percentage allowed. Additionally, according to dunksandthrees.com, the Kings have the 25th-lowest adjusted defensive rating in the NBA. One of their biggest challenges has been their inability to consistently contest shots, both near the rim and on the perimeter. Opponents have been shooting 36.8% from behind the arc, which is the 23rd-lowest three-point shooting percentage allowed.

On the rebounding front, the Kings have been averaging 41.8 rebounds per game, which is the 23rd most in the league. However, the Kings have some talented players in this area, such as Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley III, who have been able to make up for some of the team's rebounding deficiencies.

In conclusion, while the Kings have shown their offensive prowess this season, they will need to focus on improving their defense and rebounding if they hope to compete with the best teams in the league. With talented players such as De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III, the Kings have the potential to make significant strides in these areas and become a force to be reckoned with.

In their last 10 games, the Kings are 7-3, averaging 129.1 points, 43.1 rebounds, 24.8 assists, 7.9 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 49.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 126.8 points per game.

 

New York Knicks

The New York Knicks have been on fire lately, winning their last nine games and climbing up the standings in the Eastern Conference. They have been dominant against Eastern Conference teams with a record of 28-16. The Knicks are ranked second in the Eastern Conference with 12.5 offensive rebounds per game, led by Mitchell Robinson who averages 4.2 rebounds per game. Robinson's strong presence in the paint has helped the Knicks control the boards and create second-chance opportunities.

Julius Randle has been the standout performer for the Knicks this season, averaging 24.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game. Randle has been on fire in the last ten games, averaging 28.2 points and leading the team in scoring during their winning streak. Jalen Brunson has also been a key player for the Knicks, averaging 23.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. However, Brunson will be out with a foot injury for this game.

In addition to Randle's impressive scoring, the Knicks also have key contributors in RJ Barrett, who has been averaging 17.6 points per game, and Derrick Rose, who has been a reliable veteran presence on the team.

The Knicks have been dominant on the boards this season, ranking second in the Eastern Conference with 46.5 rebounds per game, and with Mitchell Robinson averaging 4.2 offensive rebounds per game, the team has been able to generate multiple scoring opportunities off of second-chance points.

They have also been playing exceptional basketball on both ends of the court, averaging 122.7 points and 4.9 steals per game during their win streak. Their defense has also been solid, holding their opponents to an average of 112.2 points per game. The Knicks will look to continue their strong play and extend their winning streak against a struggling Kings team.

The Knicks have been dominant in their last ten games, going 9-1 and averaging 122.7 points per game. They have been playing excellent defense, allowing their opponents to score an average of 112.2 points per game during that stretch. The Knicks' defense has been one of the best in the league this season, and they will look to continue their strong play against the Kings.

INJURIES: Jalen Brunson: questionable (foot). Brunson missed Sunday's game against Boston a dn Tuesday's game against the Hornets due to his sore left foot, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for this game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

New York are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games.

New York are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.

New York are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Sacramento.

New York are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Sacramento.

New York are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games when playing on the road against Sacramento.

Sacramento are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.

The total has gone OVER in 10 of Sacramento's last 13 games.

Sacramento are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Sacramento's last 15 games against New York.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 6 games at home.

 

Prediction

With a matchup between the Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks on the horizon, it's hard not to get excited about the potential offensive explosion this game may bring. The Kings are currently ranked #1 in the league with an average of 121.00 points per game, while the Knicks average a respectable 115.00 points per game. The Kings have a strong record of 38-26 and are looking to make a push up the Western Conference standings. Meanwhile, the Knicks are on fire, winning nine straight games and climbing up the Eastern Conference ladder.

With the Knicks potentially missing Jalen Brunson, one of their best shooters, it will be difficult for them to keep pace with the Kings, who boast an impressive offensive lineup with players like De'Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis leading the charge. The Kings have the ability to score points in bunches, with an average of 129.1 points per game over their last 10 games, showcasing their offensive depth and ability to score from various positions on the court.

While the Knicks have been playing excellent defense during their winning streak, allowing just 112.2 points per game, it may not be enough to slow down the high-octane Kings offense. Sacramento's biggest challenge has been on the defensive end of the court, but with the absence of Brunson and their top rebounders performing well, the Kings may be able to pull off a victory over the Knicks.

With the Kings having a higher offensive average than the Knicks and the Knicks likely to be without one of their key shooters, we predict that the Kings will win this game by a margin of 7-10 points. While the Knicks have been playing at a high level, they may struggle to keep up with the Kings' scoring prowess, especially if they are without Brunson. For expert advice on this game and other NBA picks, be sure to check out our NBA picks experts on KingPin.pro.

 

PICK: Kings -4 (-110)

 

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