The Timberwolves and Kings are set to face off at 10:00 ET on NBCS. The Kings will host the game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA. This Western conference matchup has an over/under of 232 points, and the Kings are favored to win at home vs. the Timberwolves.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES VS SACRAMENTO KINGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves +2.5
This game will be played at Golden 1 Center at 10:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 111-110 in favor of the Kings.
- Our projections have De’Aaron Fox finishing with De’Aaron Fox points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
- From the field, we have the Kings finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.2% and knocking down 15 threes.
Will the Timberwolves Exceed Expectations on the Road?
As they prepare to take on the Kings, the Timberwolves are focused on staying above .500. Their record is currently 21-6 and they are in 1st place in the Western Conference. In their division, the Timberwolves are also in 1st place.
This season, Minnesota holds an ATS record of 14-12, which also includes their two game losing streak against the spread. During this season, Minnesota has a 11-9 record against the spread as favorites and 3-3 as underdogs.
The Timberwolves offense is coming off a game where they scored 118 points against the Lakers. They posted a field goal percentage of 48.3% and connected on 14 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 22.2 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Anthony Edwards also maintains a PPG average of 24.8 heading into game.
At present, the Timberwolves’ defense is ranked 1, allowing 106.9 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 50.2% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.1% of their three-point attempts.
Will the Kings Find a Way to Win at Home?
In their last ten games, the Kings are 7-3 and have an overall record of 17-10. When it comes to the Western Conference standings, they are 4th and are 1st in the Pacific division.
Against the spread, Sacramento have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 15-12 ATS. Sacramento has gone 11-10 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 4-2 when playing as underdogs.
Coming off their recent game, the Kings offense tallied 120 points in a matchup against the Suns. Their field goal percentage for the game was 53%, and they made 12 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is De’Aaron Fox who comes into today’s matchup averaging 29.7. Domantas Sabonis also heads into the game with a PPG average of 19.
Facing Minnesota, the Kings aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 117.7 points allowed per game (21).
Sacramento’s defense is currently forcing 12.7 turnovers per game, which is 13th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 27th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.1 rejections per game.