New York Knicks vs Sacramento Kings NBA Pick – January 22

The NBA has a great slate of games up on the board coming into Friday night. Eleven games will be on throughout January 22. One of these games will be between the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings. These two teams have struggled to open up the new season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

New York has opened up this season with a record of 8-8, which has them sitting in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks have won three straight games coming into this one and will look to keep it going with a win on Friday night. New York will look to set the pace early in this matchup as they look to knock off Sacramento on the road.

The Kings have put up a record of 5-10 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Sacramento has lost four games in a row entering this one and six of their last seven games. The Kings will look to finally end that losing streak with a win on Friday night.

These two teams have not had great starts to the season, but there is still plenty of time to turn it around this season. The Knicks are still sitting in a playoff spot early in the season and will look to move up the standings with a win in this one. Sacramento has been on a tough downward spiral and will look to bounce back in this one.

Previous Matchups

The Knicks and the Kings met up twice throughout last season. The first game was hosted by New York on November 3. Marcus Morris scored 28 points, while R.J. Barrett had 22 points on the night. It was not enough for the Knicks though. De’Aaron Fox finished with 24 points on the night, while Buddy Hield had 22 points. Harrison Barnes added 19 points for the Kings as Sacramento won 113-92.

The second meeting of the season series shifted to Sacramento on December 13. Buddy Hield dropped 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Harrison Barnes added 18 points. Julius Randle finished with 26 points on the night. Elfrid Payton put up 16 points off the bench to help give the Knicks the win. New York finished with a 103-101 win on the road.

These two teams split the season series last season, each winning on the road. The Kings were able to win a dominant game in the first meeting, while New York snuck away with a tight win in the second game of the season series. Sacramento will look to finally win at home in this series with a win on Friday night. If the Kings can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Knicks have struggled shooting the ball early in this season. New York has been able to make around 44.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. The Knicks have also shot 34.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the league. New York has made 74.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 17th in the NBA.

Sacramento has been pretty solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Kings have made around 47.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 11th in the league. Sacramento has shot 37.4 percent from deep this season, which is 8th in the NBA. The Kings have made 71.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 26th in the league.

The Kings have been the better team shooting from the field this season, but will need to improve from the free throw line. New York’s defense has been strong this season though. The Knicks have held opposing teams to a 43.3 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is best in the NBA. The Kings will need to break through on New York’s defense if they want to earn a win in this one.

Top Performers

Julius Randle and Alec Burks have helped lead this New York team early in the season. Randle is averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per game, while Burks has averaged 20.5 points per game. R.J. Barrett has averaged 17 points per game. Elfrid Payton is averaging 13 points, while Immanuel Quickley has averaged 10 points per game off the bench.

De’Aaron Fox has been the leader for the Kings so far this season. Fox has averaged around 21 points and 6 assists per game. Harrison Barnes is averaging 15.5 points per game, while Buddy Hield has averaged 15 points per game. Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley are both averaging 13.5 points per game. Tyrese Haliburton rounds out the lineup, averaging 11 points per game.

These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. Sacramento has had a little better amount of scoring from their top players, while the Knicks have been led by defense. The Kings will need to come out shooting well in this one if they want to knock off this New York team. The Knicks are coming off a game on Thursday night, which could help Sacramento wear them out early.

Pick Overview

The Kings are looking to end a losing streak coming into this one and I think they have a good chance. New York played against the Golden State Warriors last night, which could have them come out slower in this one. Sacramento will look to come out hot in this on as they try to knock off the Knicks in this one. I think that the Kings will be able to play well in this one to end the losing skid.

BetOnline has Sacramento listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Kings in this one. The Knicks have been the better team early in this season, but coming off a game on Thursday night, this line makes sense. I think that Sacramento will be able to step up in this one to earn the win and over.

Sacramento Kings -3.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.