NBA Thursday and we will see the Houston Rockets take on the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The game has a start time of 10:30 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT. Vegas odds have the Rockets listed as 1 point favorites, while the total sits at 196.5.
Analysis: The Houston Rockets come in off a loss at Golden State last night, but they are still off to a 16-5 start to the year, which includes an 8-2 mark on the road. The Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 40-18-3 ATS in their last 61 Thursday games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Rockets have been a less than average offensive squad, ranking 20th in scoring (98.6 ppg), 27th in shooting, 16th in 3pt shooting and 28th in FT shooting. The defense has been excellent this year, ranking 4th in points allowed (94.6 ppg), 4th in defensive FG% and 1st in 3 point defense.
The Sacramento Kings come in at 11-11 on the year, which includes a 6-5 mark at home. The Kings are now 4th in the Pacific Division, which puts them 8 games behind the Golden State Warriors. The Kings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, but just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. The Kings are an average offensive squad, ranking 13th in scoring (101.1 ppg), 13th in shooting, 28th in 3 point shooting and 5th in FT shooting. On defense the Kings come in ranked 22nd in points allowed (101.1 ppg), 9th in defensive FG% and 5th in 3 point defense.
Pick: I am going to look at the over in this game. The Kings have averaged 100.1 ppg at home and while Houston has not been good offensively overall, they have averaged 101 ppg on the road. These offenses will take on some struggling defenses as the Rockets have allowed 102.2 ppg in their last 5 games, while the Kings have given up 102.6 ppg in their last 5. Both offenses should have a good night and giving us enough points to get the over here.
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