New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings
The New York Knicks look for seven straight as they host the Sacramento Kings from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are -6.5 point favorites over the Kings with an over/under point total set at 198.5.
After last night’s performance, Jeremy Lin is running out of ways to outdo himself as he hit the game winning shot to propel the Knicks to a 90-87 win over the Toronto Raptors to give New York their sixth straight victory. Inserted into the starting lineup just nine days ago, Lin is averaging an amazing 27.2 points per game, which is the highest scoring average for someone starting his first five games since the ABA-NBA merger. The Kings on the other hand put in a spirited performance against Chicago on Tuesday night, but came up short in the end as they fell 121-115 to the Derrick Rose-less Bulls. Sacramento has now lost two straight after winning three of four, which included a win over the league leading Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Knicks got off to a quick start and never looked back in their first meeting against the Kings as they cruised to a 114-92 victory back on December 31 st in Sacramento. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Landry Fields all scored over 20 points as New York outscored Sacramento 35-20 in the opening quarter, which proved to be to overcome for the Kings. Marcus Thornton scored 14 points for a Sacramento team that shot just 34% from the field and 63% from the free throw line.
Head to head, the Kings are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New York, while the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall, but just 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Kings on the other hand are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall, but just 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest.
Here we have a clash of two of the hottest teams against the spread as both the Knicks and Kings have covered in eight of their past nine games overall. You have to love what the Knicks are doing, but the Kings have been really dangerous on the road recently, after being horrendous in the first month of action. Although they have only won the single road game in the last five attempts, their four losses to Utah, Golden State, Minnesota and Chicago has been by a combined 14 points, with only one of those loss coming by three points or more. I think we see another close one here.
Sacramento Kings +6.5 New York Knicks