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Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings 12/23/2019 NBA Picks and Previews

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Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings 12-23-2019 NBA Picks and Previews

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings 12/23/2019 – The Houston Rockets won five of their last six games and they will be visiting the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. This match will happen on Tuesday, December 23 at 10 pm Eastern Time. NBC Sports California will feature the game on TV while NBA League Pass subscribers can watch it on a live stream. The Kings have D’Aaron Fox but still, they are on a three-game losing streak. NBA Game Odds forecasts the Rockets winning this game over Sacramento.

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings 12/23/2019

When: December 23, 2019 10:00 PM ET
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento California
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: NBA League Pass / Sofa Score

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings 12/23/2019 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Houston Rockets -6 (-110) 226.5 o (-110) -220

Sacramento Kings
+6 (-110) 226.5 u (-110) +190
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Houston Rockets Betting

This has been a good season so far for the Rockets as they are now the third-best team in the Western Conference. James Harden is having sufficient help from his former OKC teammate, Russell Westbrook. Harden is on a staggering scoring average with 38.8 points per game to go with 7.5 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per night. Westbrook has become his ‘Robin’ with 23.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.6 steals. Clint Capela has been their man in the middle providing them with 14 points, 14.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. Just the Harden and Westbrook combination is too much for the Kings to handle and with Mike D’Antoni’s 8 seconds or less offense. This should be a high scoring game that the Kings won’t be able to keep up.

Players to watch: J. Harden SG 29 GP 29 GS 37.6 MIN 38.8 PTS 1 OR 4.8 DR 5.8 REB 7.5 AST 1.9 STL 0.7 BLK 4.9 TO 3.4 PF 1.5 AST/TO 31.83 PER
R. Westbrook PG 26 GP 26 GS 34.9 MIN 23.8 PTS 1.6 OR 6.4 DR 8 REB 7.2 AST 1.6 STL 0.4 BLK 4.5 TO 3.7 PF 1.6 AST/TO 18.9 PER
C. Capela C 25 GP 25 GS 33.5 MIN 14 PTS 4 OR 10.5 DR 14.6 REB 1.2 AST 0.9 STL 1.9 BLK 1.7 TO 2.7 PF 0.7 AST/TO 21.05 PER.

Sacramento Kings Betting

The Sacramento Kings finally have De’Aaron Fox playing again in the past three games. At the same time, the Kings seem to be adjusting with him back in the rotation after missing 16 games. But with the absence of Fox, Buddy Hield has been the Kings main offensive weapon doing 20.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Good numbers but his field goal percentage is his current weakness at 41.9%. Harrison Barnes had been doing great with 15.9 points and five rebounds per night plus he provides the team with added outside shooting. They will be missing Bogdan Bogdanovic in this game but Marvin Bagley and Nemanja Bjelica has stepped up for him. Despite that, they will be facing the combination of Westbrook and Harden and no one in the Kings roster can match up to their strength.

Players to Watch: B. Hield SG 29 GP 29 GS 34.2 MIN 20.6 PTS 1 OR 4.2 DR 5.1 REB 2.9 AST 0.9 STL 0.3 BLK 2.5 TO 2.6 PF 1.2 AST/TO 15.28 PER
D. Fox PG 12 GP 10 GS 31 MIN 17.8 PTS 0.9 OR 2.9 DR 3.8 REB 6.8 AST 1.3 STL 0.4 BLK 3.8 TO 3 PF 1.8 AST/TO 17.65 PER
H. Barnes SF 29 GP 29 GS 35.2 MIN 15.9 PTS 1 OR 4 DR 5 REB 2.3 AST 0.8 STL 0.2 BLK 1.4 TO 1.2 PF 1.6 AST/TO 14.59 PER.

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings 12/23/2019 Betting Numbers

Trends

Houston Rockets

Houston are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Rockets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Sacramento.
Houston are 17-3 SU in their last 20 games against Sacramento.
Houston are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Rockets are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Sacramento.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Pacific division.
Houston are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Monday.

Sacramento Kings

Sacramento are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Sacramento’s last 20 games.
Sacramento are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Sacramento’s last 8 games at home.
Sacramento are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Houston.
Sacramento are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games this season.
Kings are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Southwest division.
Sacramento are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games played in December.

Injuries

Houston Rockets

Gerald Green SG Foot is out indefinitely
Nene Hilario C Abdominal is out indefinitely
Eric Gordon SG Knee is out indefinitely
Clint Capela C Undisclosed is probable Monday vs Sacramento

Sacramento Kings

Bogdan Bogdanovic SG Ankle is “?” Monday vs Houston

Head-to-Head
Houston Rockets Sacramento Kings
47-43-3 Against the Spread 45-36-1
43-46-4 Straight Up 40-41-1
113 Points per Game 114
108 Points Allowed per Game 115
45.09 Offensive FG% 45.15
78.81 Offensive FT% 78.93
34.62 Offensive 3PT% 35.49
45.64 Defensive FG% 47.03
75.56 Defensive FT% 77.59
36.12 Defensive 3PT% 35.88

Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Betting Picks

The guards of the Kings will be working their legs chasing down Harden and Westbrook in this game. The absence of Bogdanovic just increases the odds of the Rockets and they are much preferred to win by Best Sportsbook. A win here by the Rockets prepares them for a showdown with the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day.

Moneyline: The Kings are given the ML of -220 if they manage to pull an upset over the Rockets. Meanwhile, Houston is at +190.

ATS: The Kings are given a +6 over the Rockets in this game. Houston is on the other end at -6.

TOTALs: 226.5 is the totals expected by the Rockets and Kings to reach with Sacramento being the team over.

Score Prediction: 120 – 108 Rockets