The Sacramento Kings (22-36) stop by Barclays Center Monday to play the Brooklyn Nets (29-27) at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Kings vs. Nets odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Sactown has won back-to-back games over the Minnesota Timberwolves (132-119 Wednesday) and at the Washington Wizards (123-110 Saturday) since acquiring PF Domantas Sabonis last week. The Kings are 4-3 straight up (SU) and 5-2 against the spread (ATS) over the past two weeks.
Brooklyn has lost 11 straight games (2-7-2 ATS) with the latest being a 115-111 loss to the Heat Saturday in Miami but covered as an 11-point road underdog.
The Kings upset the Nets 112-101 Feb. 2 as 5-point home underdogs with the Under cashing on a 231-point total.
Kings at Nets odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Kings -135 (bet $135 to win $100) | Nets +110 (bet $100 to win $110)
Against the spread: Kings -2.5 (-108) | Nets +2.5 (-112)
Over/Under: 229.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Kings at Nets key injuries
SF Kevin Durant (knee) out
PG Kyrie Irving (ineligible to play) out
PG Ben Simmons (reconditioning) out
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Kings at Nets odds, lines, picks and predictions
Kings 118, Nets 109
I’m betting Sactown here but would rather just take the points. There isn’t much to be gleaned from Sacramento’s victory over Brooklyn at the beginning of this month since that was a game Kyrie was eligible to play in and former Net G James Harden also suited up.
Against the spread
BET the KINGS -2.5 (-108) for 1 unit because they are trending in a much better direction and have more continuity entering this game.
Sacramento’s plus-3.7 ATS margin is ranked ninth in the NBA over the last 14 days and Brooklyn’s minus-9.4 ATS margin is dead-last in that span, according to CleaningTheGlass.com (CTG).
This is a bad spot for the Nets who are 1-3 SU (minus-10.5 margin of victory) and ATS (minus-5.1 ATS margin) as home underdogs and 3-7 ATS at home versus teams with a losing record.
New King Sabonis is also averaging 24.0 points on 71.4% true shooting (.630/.400/.800) with 9.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and a plus-12.0 net rating in his two games against the Nets while playing for the Indiana Pacers.
BET the KINGS -2.5 (-108).
I have a slight “lean” towards the Under 229.5 (-110) since the total has been steamed up from the 224-point opener and my instinct is to fade such line movement. Also, the officiating crew has a combined 41-59 O/U record this season.
However, the Kings are 5-0 O/U in their last five games and 4-2 O/U as road favorites while the Nets are 3-0-1 O/U in their last four games and 3-1 O/U as home underdogs.
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