Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs – NBA March 31

Kings (22-25, 10-13) at Spurs (23-21, 11-14)

  • Time: 5:30PM PST – 7:30PM CST – 8:30PM EST
  • Place: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
  • TV: Bally Sports Southwest | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Kings are on the second game of a road back-to-back in San Antonio after rendering the Spurs a 132-115 defeat on Monday night.

Sacramento has been one of the hottest teams in the Association over the last couple of weeks as they have won five in a row and seven out of eight. The Kings return home for three games in the next four after this outing in San Antonio.

The Spurs have lost five out of their last six games, but they still hold eighth place in the Western Conference. The Kings, meanwhile, have crept to within two and a half games of that eighth seed and this could be a pivotal game in their potential ascension.

Sacramento has won five out of the last seven in the series after they ended a 14-game San Antonio winning streak in 2018.

Key Injuries

  • Sacramento KingsMarvin Bagley (hand) – OUT | Jahmi’us Ramsey (hamstring) – Day to Day | Hasaan Whiteside (knee) – Day to Day
  • San Antonio SpursKeita Bates-Diop (hamstring) – Day to Day | Lonnie Walker, IV – (wrist) – OUT

Kings:

  • Sacramento is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
  • The Kings are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the Spurs
  • SacTown is 2-13 SU in it’s last 15 games in San Antonio

Spurs:

  • The Spurs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 5 of the Spurs’ last 7 outings
  • The Spurs are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Western Conference opponents

Last Time Out

De’Aaron Fox had 23 points and Richaun Holmes netted 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings rolled to a 132-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The Kings’ starters were the big story as they combined to score 96 points and each of them scored at least 14 points while playing 30-plus minutes each.

Dejounte Murray led San Antonio with 23 points as Jakob Poertl had 11 of his 17 points in the first quarter. San Antonio shot 50.5 percent from the floor, but couldn’t stop the hot shooting Kings, who scorched them for 56.5 percent while making 18-of-36 threes.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Kings +2.5 (-112) +115 O 230.5 (-110)
Spurs -2.5 (-108) -135 U 230.5 (-110)

Advantage, Sacramento

Sacramento Kings LogoThe Kings have finally started to put their season together as they have been an offensive juggernaut over their last five games as shot in the mid-50s percentage range and three of those with the low mark coming when they shot 47.6 percent in the win over Atlanta. They have also made 44-of-104 triples in their last three games which has made the offense click at an even higher pace.

The consistency and pace of De’Aaron Fox keeps this team on point as he continues to be the leading scorer at 24.8 points per game. Fox has averaged 34.2 points over his last five games as he has shot 56.4 percent from the field.

Key Kings Stat

Buddy Hield is a stellar wingman to Fox as he has played in 266 consecutive games, which is second in the league to former King Cory Joseph. Hield (16.7 ppg) and Harrison Barnes (15.7 ppg) are constant three-ball threats, joined by rookie Tyrese Haliburton who has made 91 triples so far.

X-Factor

Richaun Holmes’ activity is another factor that is elevating Sacramento’s offense. He shoots 64.7 percent from the floor while pulling down 9.0 rebounds per game. His athleticism gives him an advantage inside as well with 113 offensive rebounds and 73 blocks on the defensive end.

Advantage, San Antonio

San Antonio Spurs LogoThe Spurs’ defensive three-point percent – 37.8 percent (23rd/NBA) – has to be of concern with the way the Kings live on the perimeter. Holmes had a big game against them on Monday while the Kings made those 18 threes. San Antonio might be willing to role the dice with the post-game and see how much they can limit inside. The onus could fall on Dejounte Murray’s ability to limit Fox off the dribble.

Key Spurs Stat:

Coach Gregg Popovich is concerned about turnovers and defensive transition coming off of Monday night’s loss. Sacramento scored 23 points off of turnovers and 20 points off the fast break. San Antonio is second in the NBA in points off turnovers as the Spurs only give up 14.4 per game. The Spurs also only give up 11.4 points per game off of the break.

X-Factor:

The work of Demar DeRozen and Keldon Johnson (13.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg) on the perimeter has been very under the radar. DeRozen leads San Antonio in scoring at 20.4 points on average as well as dishing 7.2 assists. He does a stellar job at getting to the line (6.6 FTA/gm) and makes 88.2 percent of those. Johnson is a solid athletic presence at 6-6 as he shoots 51.1 percent in two-point range and his 126 free throw attempts are second to DeRozen’s 246.

Winner: Spurs (-2.5) 119, Kings 114

The Bets
San Antonio Spurs -2.5
-108
San Antonio Spurs
-135
OVER 230.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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