The Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings meet at the Golden 1 Center on Friday night. This is an otherwise meaningless game between two teams that aren’t going to do much in the springtime.
Houston enters at 12-31 for dead last in the Western Conference. The Kings are four spots better in 11th at 17-27 and are alive in the play-in race. They trail the 16-25 Portland Trail Blazers by a half-game.
Taking on the Kings tonight! 🚀
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 14, 2022
The No. 8 to No. 10 seeds to go the play-in tournament, so the Kings are right on the cusp of getting in. Portland continues to sink, so the door is going to be open for Sacramento.
We’ll have to see how the Kings act at the trade deadline. There are several directions that they could go in. Ben Simmons has been discussed in trade rumors, and the Kings are a team in the mix.
The current noise is that the Kings would swap De’Aaron Fox for Simmons. A few Kings fans would be upset with a move that includes Fox, though the defense would immediately get a boost in Sacramento.
It is going to be interesting to see what the Kings end up doing. There have been multiple players on this team involved in trade rumors for a while now. It feels like Buddy Hield has been on trade watch since he arrived in Sacramento.
it's game day 😎
Take a look back at the last time the Kings played the Rockets ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/3h8JtdCvCp
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) January 14, 2022
The Kings are coming off a 125-116 win over the Lakers to end a five-game losing streak. They were floundering and needing a win in that one to get their confidence back. Will it carry over versus the Rockets tonight?
Houston is coming off a 128-124 score over the Spurs to prevent a four-game skid. That was only their second win in their previous 13 attempts. The defense no-showed again, but Eric Gordon came through with a big 31-point effort.
Head below for our free Rockets vs. Kings prediction on January 14, 2022.
Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Houston Rockets||+5 (-110)||+170||Over 239.5 (-110)|
|Sacmraneto Kings||-5 (-110)||-200||Under 239.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Houston Rockets||Sacramento Kings|
|Points Per Game||107.9||109.3|
|Points Against Per Game||116.6||113.6|
|Field Goal %||45.2||45.3|
|Three Point %||34.4||34.6|
Rockets vs. Kings Prediction:
The first thing you’re going to see in this game is that there probably isn’t going to be much defense. Neither team understands the concept of defense. There’d be a much better outlook if some defensive effort was put forth.
The total looks like an All-Star Game from 15 years ago. 240 points is too high for my taste, but both teams will score points. The Rockets are especially bad on the defensive floor and have been awful on the road as a team.
Houston is 30th in the NBA with 116.6 points allowed per team. Teams have been on fire with a field goal percentage of 46.8% against the Rockets. If you believe that’s bad, it gets even worse on the road as visitors.
Opponents are connecting at a 47.8% clip from the field versus Houston on the road. In their previous five attempts, they’ve conceded 123.4 points per game. The Rockets are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.7% through their last five games.
Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Trends:
- 3-13 ATS in their previous 16 games
- 1-10 ATS in their previous 11 games after scoring more than 100 points
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games on one-day rest
- 6-13 ATS in their previous 19 games after a win
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games at Sacramento
- 7-3 ATS in their ten games versus a team with a losing road record
- 9-4 ATS in their previous 13 games versus a team with a record worse than 40%
- 2-4 ATS in their previous six games
- OVER is 5-2 in their previous seven games in the Southwest Division
This season, the Rockets have gone an abysmal 5-18 on the road. They lose their interest on the road and likely don’t care to be in Sacramento.
Houston is 16th in the NBA with 107.9 points per game. Their scoring drops to 106.4 points per game with a 45% field goal percentage as a visitor.
With their defense allowing 117 points per game on the road, it’s a point differential of nearly 11 points. The Kings aren’t the most competitive team, though I have more confidence in them tonight.
The Kings beat the Rockets, 125-105, in their most recent meeting on March 11. This should be a closer final score, but still like the Kings by more than 5 points at home.