The Kings play the first game of the new year at their place and the’ll certainly want to motivate the crowd early on by starting the year with a win. The Blazers are also in a good shape lately but are failing to win consecutively when playing away.
After losing to the Lakers, the Kings dropped one spot and now are at 9th place at the western conference table. However, they still keep positive score with 19 wins and 17 losses. The best thing for the Kings so far this season has definitely been the scoring. They still manage to keep the average points per game high as it is 115.2 points. The first match for the new year will be a tough one for the Kings though as they face the climbing Portland Trail Blazers. The past meeting results between these two teams favours the guest side. Portland have won four out of the last five matches against the Sacramento Kings.
Sacramento Kings Home NBA Form
27.12.2018 – WIN – Sacramento Kings 117 – 116 Lakers
23.12.2018 – WIN – Sacramento Kings 122 – 117 Pelicans
21.12.2018 – WIN – Sacramento Kings 102 – 99 Grizzlies
19.12.2018 – LOSS – Sacramento Kings 113 – 132 Thunder
14.12.2018 – LOSS – Sacramento Kings 125 – 130 Warriors
The Trail Blazers played good basketball lately. Their attacking style is proving to be the key in bringing many victories and they managed to win six out of their last ten games. However, the issue with Portland has lately been the away games. They only won three out of their last ten away games and are hoping to improve at the Golden 1 Center tonight. Last game they crushed Philadelphia 129 to 95 and C.J. McCollum scored 35 that game. Will they continue playing as good is the main question. The best advantage for the Trail Blazers is that they lack injury issues and they have the tradition against the Kings on their side. The key for winning this away game as per usual is going to be the good and dedicated defensive play for the Blazers.
Trail Blazers Away NBA Form
27.12.2018 – WIN – Warriors 109 – 110 Trail Blazers
25.12.2018 – LOSS – Jazz 117 – 96 Trail Blazers
17.12.2018 – WIN – Clippers 127 – 131 Trail Blazers
12.12.2018 – LOSS – Grizzlies 92 – 83 Trail Blazers
11.12.2018 – LOSS – Rockets 111 – 104 Trail Blazers
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Sacramento Kings to win @ 2.00 (evens)
Trail Blazers to win @ 1.95 (19/20)
Odds taken at 09:00 GMT 01/01/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
When we see both the teams’ average scoring and somewhat insecure defences, we can say that this is possibly going to be a high scoring game. Since all the high scoring games are interesting to watch this one should follow suit. The Trail Blazers are not troubled with injuries while the Kings will miss out on Marvin Bagley. Also, De’Aaron Fox is doubtful for this game although it was announced that he is going to play through the shoulder injury he acquired. The good form of the Bahamian Buddy Hield as well as Bogdan Bogdanovic will be a surge to the Kings attack. In addition, Willie Cauley-Stein has had some amazing games so he can as well be the key weapon tonight. The Trail Blazers on the other hand have the amazing Damian Lillard and with the help from C. J. McCollum and the Bosnian Jusuf Nurkić constitute an unstoppable force in the attack. Tough one to predict as they might even go to overtime.
Over 234 Total Points @ 2.25 (5/4) with Betfair.