Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings Pick – NBA March 14, 2022

The Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings are at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Monday night. This has been another wasted season for the Kings.

There was the potential for a firesale at the trade deadline, which didn’t really happen. Swapping Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis really wasn’t what Kings fans wanted.

Haliburton and their fans expected him to be a long-term option. The 22-year-old has shown promise in his three-year career, but the Kings gave up on him. Many people would tell you much too early.

They received Sabonis in return, and he’s a fine player, but three years older than Haliburton and his ceiling probably isn’t as high. The Kings don’t have the best cap flexibility following this trade, either.

This seems like a team stuck in between rebuilding and wanting to be competitive. The good news for the Kings is that they’re going to have a high draft pick.

The Kings are 24-45 and on pace to have a chance to land the top selection in the draft lottery. OKC and Houston are the only teams in the Western Conference with a worse record than the Kings.

Sacramento is on a four-game losing streak going into tonight. They’ve lost nine of their previous 11 as the Bulls roll into town.

Chicago is three games behind the Miami Heat for the lead in the Eastern Conference. The 41-26 Bulls are currently fourth, a half-game behind the Bucks and 76ers.

After a five-game losing streak, the Bulls are on track with back-to-back wins over the Pistons and Cavaliers. They’re coming off an impressive 101-91 versus a good Cleveland squad.

Head below for our free Bulls vs. Kings prediction on March 14, 2022.

Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Chicago Bulls -4.5 (-110) -185 Over OFF (-110)
Sacramento Kings -4.5 (-110) +165 Under OFF (-110)
Team Data Chicago Bulls Sacramento Kings
Overall Record 41-26 24-45
ATS Record 37-29-1 32-36-1
Away/Home Record 16-16 15-20
ATS Away/Home 14-17-1 17-18-0
Points Per Game 112.3 110.2
Points Against Per Game 110.7 115.5
Field Goal % 48.3 45.9
Three Point % 37.5 34.2

Bulls vs. Kings Prediction:

The Bulls were able to get their stroke back recently. Even without Zach LaVine on Saturday, the Bulls passed the Cavaliers for a 101-91 win. LaVine was not active, but there’s good news with the return of Alex Caruso.

In his first game since mid-January, Caruso shook off the rust with 11 points on 50% shooting. Expect Caruso to continue improving towards his usual form as he gets more minutes on the floor. The defense was immediately better with Caruso on the floor versus the Cavs.

The Bulls did not hold an opponent to under 100 points the entire time Caruso wasn’t active. Believe it or not, the 101-91 win was the first time that the Bulls kept a team from scoring 100 points since Caruso was last on the court.

When the Bulls are playing defense, they are one of the toughest teams to beat in the East. Chicago is first in the NBA with a 48.3% field goal percentage and a 37.5% three-point percentage. They make their shots, including from the free-throw line, where the Bulls are second-best with an 81.5% success rate.


Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Trends:

Bulls
  • 7-3 ATS in their previous ten games versus a team with a losing record
  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five games after a win
  • 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the Kings
  • 35-16 ATS in their previous 51 games as a betting favorite
  • UNDER is 5-1 in their previous six games as a betting favorite
Kings
  • 3-0-1 ATS in their previous four games as an underdog
  • 4-1-1 ATS in their previous six games after a loss
  • 3-1-1 ATS in their previous five games
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games versus the Bulls
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games versus the Bulls

On Saturday, the Kings are coming off a 134-125 loss at Utah. They took a push as a 9-point underdog. Their spotty defense was on full display once again in that one.

Sacramento has routinely gotten punched in the mouth on defense. Haliburton wasn’t the best defender, but losing Tristan Thompson and Buddy Hield along with him hasn’t helped.

Going into tonight, the Kings have conceded 115.5 points per game and a 48% field goal percentage against. They are 29th in that regard and 27th on the perimeter defending the three-ball.

Not the best formula to beat a Chicago team that can light it up from downtown. Zach LaVine is questionable, but the Bulls may not need him to bypass a team like the Kings, though.

Caruso’s defensive intensity should make up for if LaVine is not suiting up. The Bulls should continue playing well after getting back on track. Sacramento won’t lay down in this one, but a 113-104 win for the Bulls looks reasonable.

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Kyle E / Author

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