The Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings are scheduled to clash at the Golden 1 Center. These are two highly entertaining teams that could result in an entertaining contest. The Wizards and Kings may not be going to the postseason, but at least they’ve played in some watchable games. That doesn’t help the Kings out much when it comes to their seven-game losing streak, though.
They were beginning to shape into decent form, but that’s a distant memory now because of their seven-game skid. The Kings are coming off a 117-110 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. They’re back home after dropping two games on the road, the other a 128-112 loss versus the Utah Jazz. However, the Kings were losing at home, too. They’ve lost their last three games in Sacramento.
Prior to going into this slump, the Kings won seven of eight games. They were feeling confident, but all of that confidence has been sucked out of their locker room. A close 129-128 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 3 had to make things all the more frustrating. Since then, the Kings have lost against the Timberwolves, 116-106, Pistons, 113-101, Jazz, 128-112, and Pelicans, 117-110.
It’s like that loss against the Bucks sucked all of the wind out of them. Despite a record of 22-32, there has been some positives to take out of this season. The emergence of rookie Tyrese Haliburton is making the future for the Kings look brighter. Haliburton has much to learn still, but he has the potential to breakout in a big way over the next two years.
Haliburton has primarily been coming off the bench behind Buddy Hield. With Hield questionable to play, he is likely going to get another start after getting the nod on Monday. Hield is questionable with a non-Covid illness. If Hield can’t play, it’s more experience for Haliburton in the starting lineup. They take on a Wizards squad where they should be able to get their offense in order.
The Wizards have been equally as bad as the Kings this season with a record of 20-33. However, the Wizards have been playing hard recently, and the Kings have been going in the opposite direction. The Wizards have won three of their last four games, including an impressive 125-121 win over the Jazz on Monday in Utah. This is the final game of a long six-game road trip. Head below for our free Wizards vs. Kings pick on April 14, 2021.
Washington Wizards vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Betting Odds:
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The Kings and Wizards have to look at what the Phoenix Suns did and try to emulate that. As we’ve seen with the Suns, a lot can change in a hurry when a team finally implements a defense. The Kings and Wizards both have offense, but little defense. The same was true for the Suns before they finally figured it out defensively and look at them now.
For the Wizards, they don’t have a young superstar waiting in the wings like Devin Booker, though. Bradley Beal is already a 27-year-old, and Russell Westbrook is turning 33 this year. The timeline doesn’t work out for the Wizards as well as it might for the Kings with Haliburton. Washington is 30th in the NBA with 118.8 points allowed per game. Teams are shooting an efficient 47.3% against the Wizards. The Wizards are winners in three of their last four games, but the defense has continued to get pounded.
Through their previous five outings, the Wizards have allowed 116.2 points per game, so they’re recent small stretch of success isn’t because their defense was playing better basketball by a whole lot. They allowed more than their average against the Jazz, but still pulled off the upset because of their 125 points.
That was against a very strong Utah defense. The same effort against the Kings should be able to put the Wizards over 130 points. Sacramento is slightly ahead of Washington defensively, but not by much. They’ve allowed 118.7 points per game, and teams are shooting even better against the Kings, with a field goal percentage of 47.3%. Teams have been killing the Kings from deep, with a success rate of 39% from three.
Fortunately for the Kings, their offense has been up to the task with 114.2 points per game and a field goal percentage of 48.1%. In their first meeting last month, this total was way too high at 248 points. It still would have gone OVER with this total of 236.5, as the Kings edged out the Wizards by a score of 121-119. Hield could be out tonight, but I like Haliburton to have a solid game against this Wizards team. I like a similar game, with the OVER getting there with just over 240 combined points on the board.