Warriors vs Kings Prediction - NBA Picks 4/15/23

Sacramento Kings (48-34) vs Golden State Warriors (44-38)

Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 8:30 pm (Golden 1 Center)

Betting Odds: Sacramento Kings +1 -- Over/Under: 238.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings meet Saturday in Game 1 of the NBA West First Round Playoffs at the Golden 1 Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Golden State Warriors are averaging 118.9 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 117.1 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 29.4 points and 6.3 assists, while Klay Thompson is averaging 21.9 points and 2.4 assists. Jordan Poole is the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Wiggins is dishing 2.3 assists. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.

The Sacramento Kings are averaging 120.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 118.1 points on 49.2 percent shooting. De’Aaron Fox is averaging 25 points and 4.2 rebounds, while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 19.1 points and 12.3 rebounds. Kevin Huerter is the third double-digit scorer and Harrison Barnes is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.

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The Warriors are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 road games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Kings are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The over is 35-15-2 in Warriors last 52 road games. The under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 overall. The Warriors are 5-13 ATS in the last 18 meetings.

I understand it's tempting to side with the Sacramento Kings, as they've been great all year and that building should be rocking since it's their first playoff game since the moon landing. However, the playoffs are a different beast and the Golden State Warriors are as experienced as they come and are expected to get Wiggins back. We just need to see if the Kings can adapt to the playoff pressure, and if they can't adjust quickly, this could be a rough series. Outside of the road troubles, there are no questions with the Warriors this time of year. With the Kings, there's lots. Give me the Warriors in this toss up.

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Randy’s Pick Golden State Warriors -1

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