Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings - 12/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings (9-13) at Houston Rockets (15-7)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -12 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Sacramento Kings pay a visit to the Toyota Center to battle the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

The Sacramento Kings have been in a bit of a rut as they've lost five of their last seven games, but they will be feeling pretty confident after snapping a three-game skid with a 110-106 road win last night. Nemanja Bjelica led the team with 30 points on 13 of 18 shooting, Buddy Hield added 26 points with five assists while Harrison Barnes racked up 13 points with seven rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Kings shot 51 percent from the field and 13 of 34 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to lead by 20 points at halftime, before holding off a late rally as the Mavericks closed to within two points with 33.8 seconds left on the clock.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have been in great form as they've won four of their last five games and they will be aiming for a third straight win after outlasting the Suns in a 115-109 home win on Saturday. James Harden led the way with 34 points, Ben McLemore added 27 points off the bench while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 24 points with 14 rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 40 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game with a 37-21 second quarter. Harden shot just eight of 27 from the field while Westbrook shot an efficient 10 of 18 from the field.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games playing on zero day's rest and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

 
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings, the Kings are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Kings are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Houston.
 
The Kings were able to get over the hump with a solid win over the red-hot Mavericks last night, but it's going to be tough to repeat that performance against the Rockets on the second night of a back to back. The Kings are just 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Houston, but they are 8-4 ATS in their 12 road games this season and I think they represent decent value as the major road underdog here. I like the Rockets to get the win, but I think the Kings keep this one to within 12 points. 
 

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