The Sacramento Kings (15-29), who are currently riding a six-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they head to United Center to clash with the Chicago Bulls (17-29). Chicago is a 2-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 221 points. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports – California.
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The Kings got blown out by the Detroit Pistons in their last contest, 127-106, despite being 2-point favorites. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox had a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Detroit did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (37-44; 84.1 percent). Sacramento, meanwhile, held the Pistons to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.3 (below their season average of 22.6). The two teams combined to score 233 points, which finished over the projected point total of 222.
In the Bulls’ last game, they covered the 1-point spread against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-110. Chicago received a boost from Zach LaVine, who was the team’s high scorer with 25 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Chicago played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.357 (above their season average of 0.180) and a turnover percentage of 10.7 (better than their season average of 12.9). Minnesota recorded marks of 0.151 and 15.7, respectively, for those same stats. The two squads combined to record 227 points, which finished over the O/U total of 219.
Second-chance opportunities could be few and far between for Chicago in this showdown. The Bulls rank 22nd in offensive rebounding percentage (21.8 percent), while Sacramento ranks ninth in defensive rebounding percentage (78.1 percent). Moreover, the Kings rank 22nd in turnover percentage (14.2 percent), while the Bulls rank first in opponents’ turnover percentage (17.1 percent).
There does not appear to be a trend for either of these teams in terms of going over or under the O/U total. Both teams have dreadful straight up (SU) records (15-29 for Sacramento; 17-29 for Chicago), but the Bulls hold a slight advantage against the spread (ATS). Chicago is 22-24 ATS, while the Kings are 20-24.
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined for 219 points in that game, which was over the projected point total of 212.5. The Bulls won 113-106, covering as 5-point underdogs. Chicago was successful at getting and making free throws. The Bulls made 25 of their 29 free throws (86.2 percent), while the Kings were 17-20 (85.0 percent). In the victory, LaVine led all scorers with 28 points.
Kings at Bulls ATS Prediction
NBA Prediction: SU Winner – Bulls, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Over
The Bulls average 35.1 three pointers per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Kings rank 18th in three pointers allowed per game (33.8).
Neither of these teams are great at rebounding the ball. Chicago is 26th in the league with 42.7 rebounds per game while Sacramento is 28th with 42.5 rebounds per game.
Sacramento ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (11.7) while Chicago ranks 10th (12.4).
Chicago is 11-13 ATS at home, while Sacramento is 13-10 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 12 of the Bulls’ 24 home games, while 12 of the Kings’ 23 road games have gone over.
When holding opponents below 100 points, Sacramento is 7-2 and Chicago is 5-2.
The Kings are 14-22 when they reach the century mark, while the Bulls are 17-16.
The Kings rank second in fast break points allowed per game (11.3) while the Bulls rank sixth (12.0).
Sacramento ranks sixth in blocks allowed per game (4.3) while Chicago ranks 28th (6.3).
The Bulls rank first in steals per game (10.0) while the Kings rank 19th (7.5).
Chicago ranks first in points off turnovers per game (21.3) while Sacramento ranks 15th in points off turnovers allowed per game (17.0).
Chicago is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Sacramento is 0-5 ATS with 5 overs.
The Bulls’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.2, down from 2.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Kings have scored an average of 111.0 points per game (4.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 121.8 points per game (11.3 above their season average).