Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks – NBA February 25

7:30 p.m. ET – Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks (-1½) O/U: 224.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Sacramento Kings +1½ (-115) +105 O 225 (-110)
New York Knicks -1½ (-105) -125 U 225 (-110)

The 12-19 Kings travel to Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday night to take on the 15-17 Knicks. These two teams met back on Jan. 22 in Sacramento, where the Kings picked up a 103-94 victory. But that was a long time ago. The now-struggling Kings lost Tuesday night in Brooklyn to the Nets, 127-118, for their eighth loss in a row. The Knicks lost at home to the Warriors 114-106 on Tuesday night.

Sacramento Kings LogoSacramento is led by guard De’Aaron Fox, who averages 22.5 points and 7.1 assists per game. Fox had 27 on Tuesday night on 9-of-18 from the field. Fox is not a one-man show, however. The Kings have six players who average in double figures, with two others, Harrison Barnes (15.9 ppg) and Buddy Hield (15.7 ppg) particularly capable and consistent scorers as well.

New York Knicks LogoNew York has been led by the emergence of forward Julius Randle, who recently was named to the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team. Randle had a big game on Tuesday night, scoring 25 points and collecting 10 rebounds to go with seven assists. The first-time All-Star presents matchup problems for the Kings and will be looking to have another big night against them on Thursday.

Please Note:
These two teams are headed in opposite directions in so many ways. Sacramento has covered the spread only once in its last 10 games. The Knicks have covered seven of their last 10 games and are playing their best basketball of the season. Sacramento is in the midst of an East Coast road trip that has not been kind to them and there is no reason to think they will turn it around on Thursday night. Back the Knicks to cover the short spread over the Kings in the comforts of Madison Square Garden.
The Bets
New York Knicks -1½

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