Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers play host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night from Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers are -2.5 point favorites over the Kings with an over/under point total set at 199.
The Cavaliers dropped to 2-3 on their season long nine game home stand after falling to Lebron James and the Miami Heat 111-87 on Friday night. Cleveland, who are eight wins shy of matching their win total from last season, were always going to find it tough against the red hot Heat, and they did just that as Miami raced out to a 35-14 lead, which was the difference in the game. The Cavaliers have now dropped six of their last nine overall , despite seven of those being at home.
The Kings continue to struggle away from home as they dropped the first three games on their six games Eastern Conference road swing. It looked like Sacramento was going to pick up a win in their last outing in Detroit on Friday as they led by as many as 11 points in the second half. However, they couldn’t sustain the lead as the Pistons came charging home to take a 114-108 win. Sacramento is now 3-15 away from the comfy confides of Arco Arena.
Head to head, the Kings are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Cleveland, while the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Cavaliers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, but just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games as a home favorite of 0.5-4.5. The Kings on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
I ’m not too worried about the Cavs recent slide because each of their last 10 games have come to teams all likely to finish in the playoffs, expect for maybe Milwaukee. The Kings on the other hand have talent no doubt, yet they struggle to maintain a consistent effort for all four quarters. I think the Cavaliers will welcome some weaker competition here and bounce back with a tough fought victory.
Cleveland Cavaliers -2.5 Sacramento Kings