Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors Pick – NBA December 20, 2021

The Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors have a Monday night date at the Chase Center in this one. The Kings have been up and down as expected this season.

They are going into the Bay Area with a record of 13-18 after a 121-114 win over the San Antonio Spurs yesterday. It was a nice response for the Kings following a 124-105 loss versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

That sums the Kings up in two games. Sacramento is just far too inconsistent with taking them seriously yet. It’s disappointing for a team that isn’t void of talent.

I like Tyrese Haliburton, De’Aaron Fox, and Buddy Hield, but the Kings pick and choose when they play and don’t. That’s a problem, and it’s been a constant theme for the Kings over the past few years.

It has to be frustrating to be a Kings fan. It’s hard for them to get excited about the Kings when they have a good team because it’s usually straight back to a bad performance in Sacramento.

They face a tough assignment at the Chase Center on Monday night. The Warriors enter this one with a record of 24-6 and a win in three of their previous four attempts.

In their most recent attempt, the Warriors came up short with a 119-100 loss in Toronto against the Raptors. There’s an easy explanation for that performance.

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both received “rest” for the game against the Raptors. Rest as in the Warriors didn’t want their prized possessions testing Covid positive in Canada and having to quarantine for two weeks.

A total of six Warriors did not travel to Toronto on Saturday. That includes Andrew Wiggins, who did not get to go back home to face his childhood team. Wiggins is in Covid protocol and unavailable to play tonight.

The Kings have multiple players in health and safety protocol, so they will be much more short-handed than the Warriors for this one. Davion Mitchell, Alex Len, De’Aaron Fox, Terence Davis, and Marvin Bagley are on the Covid list, while Richaun Holmes deals with an eye injury.

Head below for our free Kings vs. Warriors pick on December 20, 2021.

Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Sacramento Kings +12.5 (-110) +625 Over 221 (-110)
Golden State Warriors -12.5 (-110) -850 Under 221 (-110)
Team Data Sacramento Kings Golden State Warriors
Overall Record 13-18 24-6
ATS Record 14-17-0 18-10-2
Away/Home Record 6-9 14-2
ATS Away/Home 7-8-0 11-4-1
Points Per Game 111.3 111.4
Points Against Per Game 114.4 101.1
Field Goal % 45.4 46.9
Three Point % 33.5 36.2

Kings vs. Warriors Prediction:

The Kings need to be operating close to 100% to compete with the Warriors. Conversely, Golden State does not have to be going at full strength if they have Stephen Curry on the floor.

Sacramento hasn’t revealed who is out and in tonight, but they should be without key players regardless. Attempting to keep up with Curry running around the floor isn’t going to be easy without a full roster.

Even when the Kings are healthy, they don’t have the best defense to contain decent offenses, let alone the Warriors. Golden State is the fifth-best in the NBA, with 111.4 points per game.

When they’re at the Chase Center in the Bay Area, the Warriors have scored 116 points a game. Their defense has held up well, too. Golden State leads the league with 101.1 points allowed per game, along with a 42.5% field goal percentage allowed.


Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Trends:

Kings

  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games on the road
  • 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
  • 0-5 ATS in their previous five games versus a team with a team with a winning record
  • 8-3-1 ATS in their previous 12 games on a back-to-back

Warriors

  • 6-1 ATS in their previous seven games after a loss
  • 23-8-1 ATS in their previous 32 games as a favorite at the Chase Center
  • 8-3 ATS in their previous 11 games after failing to cover the spread
  • 10-4-1 ATS in their previous 15 games on one-day rest
  • 23-8 ATS in their previous 31 games after allowing more than 100 points

De’Aaron Fox is one of the more underrated players in the NBA. He doesn’t get much attention playing on the Kings. Put him on a contender, and he would excel. Fox has averaged 21.3 points and 5 assists per game.

However, as of right now, Fox is in health and safety protocol and will not suit up tonight. That’s a big blow for the Kings with the Warriors on the schedule.

If Curry wasn’t playing, they’d probably be fine, but Curry is playing and going to be fresh after sitting out the Warriors’ last game. The Kings have a solid offense but won’t keep up with the three-ball if it comes to that.

Sacramento is 24th, with a three-point percentage of 33.5%. They’ve also struggled from the charity stripe with a success rate of 75.3% for 23rd in the league.

With the Kings likely without Fox and Mitchell, Golden State should find room to blow past their opponent at home tonight. I’m on the Warriors to earn a 118-104 win to cover over the Kings.

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Kyle E / Author

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