Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs
NBA Point Spread Pick: Sacramento +13.5 (March 19th 2017)
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The set-up: The 27-42 Sacramento Kings have all but dropped out of playoff contention in the West, having gone 3-9 since they traded Cousins right before the All Star break. Meanwhile, the 52-16 Spurs have fallen 2 1/2 games back of the Warriors in the battle for the West’s top record and will look to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they host the Kings on Sunday.
Sacramento: The Kings had their first two-game winning streak since before the All-Star break snapped with Saturday’s 110-94 loss at Oklahoma City. Their starters shot a combined 14-for-45 from the floor. Sacramento dressed just 11 players Saturday, giving Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore the game off for personal reasons and sitting Tyreke Evans because of an ankle issue. Georgios Papagiannis (2.4 & 2.4), who has the unenviable task of taking over for the traded DeMarcus Cousins, had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento while his backup, Skal Labissiere (7.5 & 4.2), added 13 points. Buddy Hield, who was the guy the Kings wanted most from the Pelicans in the Cousins deal, scored 11 points. Hield is averaging 13.3 PPG in his 12 contests (five starts) with the Kings, shooting 49.2% overall, including 45.0% on threes.
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San Antonio: Kawhi Leonard (26.3 & 6.0) and LaMarcus Aldridge (17.4 & 7.5) combined for 43 points but their fellow starters had a total of 10 in the Spurs’ 104-96 loss at Memphis on Saturday, giving the squad its third two-game slide of the season. PG Tony Parker (10.3 & 4.7 APG) did return from a four-game absence Saturday night (due to back issues) but was limited to four points on 2-of-8 shooting. The Spurs limp home after a late Saturday night loss against the Grizzlies in Memphis, their third in five games, after winning nine straight and garnering the top record in the league and the Western Conference.
The pick: When K.D. went down, many felt as if the Spurs could catch the Warriors for the West’s top seed. However, games haven’t come easy for SA since Durant was lost in a Feb. 28th game at Washington. The Spurs may be 7-3 in March but ATS the team is a money-burning 2-8! San Antonio has won all three of its games this year with the Kings, plus has won eight meetings in a row in San Antonio against them. However, winning and covering are often two different ‘animals.’ Take the points.
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