Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks - 2/25/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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New York Knicks (15-17) vs Sacramento Kings (12-19)
Game Info: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Knicks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks duke it out at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
The Sacramento Kings have been in terrible shape lately as they will be hoping to put a halt to an ugly eight-game skid after falling to the Nets in a 127-118 road loss on Tuesday. De’Aaron Fox led the team with 27 points and eight assists, Tyrese Haliburton added 23 points and nine assists off the bench while Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes each scored 18 points. As a team, the Kings shot 51 percent from the field and 15 of 31 from the 3-point line as they clawed their way back from an early 14-point deficit, only to go ice-cold when it mattered as they scored just 22 points in the fourth quarter to allow the Nets to escape with the win.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in pretty good shape lately as they’ve won four of their past six games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting stopped by the Warriors in a 114-106 home loss on Tuesday. Julius Randle led the team with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Elfrid Payton added 20 points while Derrick Rose chipped in with 16 points and eight assists off the bench but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Knicks shot just 39 percent from the field and 11 of 29 from the 3-point line as they took the narrow lead at halftime, before getting blown out in the third quarter by 39-26 to fall behind by as many as 13 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 0-5 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 0-8 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings overall and the Kings are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in New York.
Elfrid Payton tweaked his hamstring during Tuesday’s loss to Golden State and is currently considered doubtful for Thursday, so the Knicks will be shorthanded in this one. The Kings are just about back at full strength with Barnes and Holmes returning to the starting lineup, but that hasn’t translated into wins yet as they’re riding a season-worst eight-game skid. It’s hard to pick between these two teams, but the Knicks have been playing better lately and they should be good enough to eke out a home win behind a big game from Randle.