NBA Betting – Blazers on Losing Streak as They Host Kings
- 28th Dec 2016
- Charles Jay
Last Updated: 2017-03-06
At this moment, the Sacramento Kings are on a four-game winning streak and they are putting themselves in position to challenge for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers have been playing poorly, losing six games in a row, and they face the very real possibility of having their best player out of the lineup for the second straight game as these teams lineup for action on Wednesday night at 10:05 PM ET at the Moda Center in Portland. VietBet customers can get reduced juice on their NBA betting action before the game, and after it kicks off, they can take part in real-time wagering through the magic of Live Betting Ultra.
Obviously the guy who has been spearheading the surge for Sacramento is DeMarcus Cousins, the powerful center who has averaged a little over 34 points over the last five games. Cousins is both a blessing and a curse at the same time, because his behavior still a problem. Even in the course of scoring 55 points against this Portland team just eight days ago, he was berating Portland center Meyers Leonard and the officials after the game. And prior to that, he had been feuding with a sports writer who reported on his appearance at a topless bar. He is the team leader, so his maturation is going to be so important if this team is to truly make strides. Is it mildly encouraging that after the Kings beat Philadelphia 102-100 on Monday, he said "we're starting to realize what's going to win games for us and it's not who can score the most points. It's us playing defense"? Maybe, but Cousins has killed a couple of coaches before, so you can easily look upon him with a bit of skepticism.
In the NBA betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at VietBet, Sacramento is laying points on the road:
Sacramento Kings -4
Portland Trail Blazers +4
Over 209.5 points -110
Under 209.5 points -110
During this latest six-game stretch, the Blazers have covered the pointspread only once – and that was the other night, as they held Toronto below 34% shooting in a 95-91 loss. But in four of the last six games, they have allowed opponents to shoot 50% from the field.
As we mentioned, Cousins was pretty dominant the last time these teams played, on December 20, as the Kings took a 126-121 decision. Sacramento had 36 made free throws in the game, while Portland hit only four out of 27 attempted triples. But overall, both of these teams shot better than 50%. The Kings and Blazers played prior to that, on November 11, as Sacramento lost their seventh straight in the ongoing series by a 122-120 score. This time, the Kings were the cold team from beyond the arc, going just 6-21. But they shot 49% overall, while Portland hit 52%.
So for the benefit of VietBet patrons, what are we getting at here? Well, it doesn't look like either team can necessarily stop the other, despite the fact that Sacramento has played 10 of its last 14 games under the total, and Portland has gone that way five of the last seven. Yes, Damian Lillard could be out, as he sprained his ankle last Friday against San Antonio and missed the game against the Raptors. And maybe there aren't a lot of big scorers to pick up the slack. But CJ McCollum has a chip on his shoulder about playing the Kings, because reportedly they told him they were going to draft him a few years ago, but passed him over. He scored 36 points in the last encounter, and could easily explode again. The totals line has dropped because of the perspective absence of Portland's star point guard, but we'll go OVER nonetheless. in a game that could get rough.
And if you're looking for a side to go with, well, Portland is only 12-21 ATS on the season, and they are 1-8 against the number when facing Pacific Division teams. Sacramento is 6-1 ATS against teams from the Northwest Division.
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