Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets - 12/23/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Rockets (20-9) at Sacramento Kings (12-17)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Golden 1 Center)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +5.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings meet Monday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.
The Houston Rockets look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Houston Rockets are averaging 120.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 38.8 points and 7.5 assists while Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.8 points and 7.2 assists. Clint Capela is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Gordon is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Houston Rockets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Rockets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Houston Rockets have won five straight road games.
The Sacramento Kings need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 105.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 20.6 points and 5.1 rebounds while De’Aaron Fox is averaging 17.8 points and 6.8 assists. Harrison Barnes is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have split their last four home games.
The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite. The Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games as an underdog and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Rockets last 7 road games. The under is 6-2 in Kings last 8 home games. The Rockets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Houston Rockets are starting to get in that regular season groove they've been in past years where the offense is pouring it on and they blowout teams not ready to match their pace and energy. The Rockets are averaging 121.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting from the field and 38.5 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. There's not many teams capable of matching that output and the Sacramento Kings certainly aren't one of them considering they're 25th in points per game and 20th in field goal percentage. I'll eat the reasonable number with the Rockets on the road.