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Kings – Hornets

Kings Hornets NBA prediction

The Sacramento Kings will take on the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night in the NBA. The Hornets will be back to back on the road in this game, as they will be coming after a game in Portland (set to be played after this tip will have been published).

The Kings (21-21, 12-10 home) have played pretty good basketball lately. The Kings did lose 5 of their last 7 games, but that statistic is a bit misleading. The defeats came against top sides and all of them were very close, by 7 or less points, with Sacramento competing hard. Also, the Kings won 2 of their last 3, including an easy victory over the Pistons on Friday.

The Hornets (19-21, 5-13 away) have not been good in the last 2-3 weeks. The visitors have lost 6 of their last 9 games, with their only wins coming against three of the worst teams in the league, and with the losses being pretty heavy. The Hornets are currently 8th in the East and might make the playoff in the very weak Eastern Conference, but they have clear limitations. Kemba Walker is playing at an All Star Level this year, but aside from him the Hornets don`t have much.

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Team news: The Kings are expected to be 100% healthy for this clash. For the Hornets, Zeller (out) and Graham (questionable) are the only injury concerns unless someone else gets injured in tonight`s game in Portland.

The Hornets are a nice little team in the East, but they are no match for the Western Conference sides, as they would probably be the second worst team in that stronger conference. The Hornets lost 9 out of 11 games against Western Conference teams, so that tells you how outmatched they are against the better sides. They might be 10 out of 12 after tonight`s meeting with Portland.

The Hornets are also poor on the road. As this tip is written (before the clash with Portland), they are just 5-13 this season away from home, with a single win against a playoff contender (Miami, early in the season).

The Kings are playing pretty well, they are young, healthy and deep, so they should be able to take care of a “one man team” like the Hornets at home. The fact that the Hornets are back to back on the road will be a massive advantage for the Kings. In fact, Sacramento took full advantage of an identical situation a couple of nights ago against a Pistons side which is similar in strength to the Hornets.

Being back to back on the road is the biggest disadvantage a team can have in the NBA, and It will be difficult for the Hornets to play on the road against two good sides in space of less than 24 hours. There`s also a pretty long flight from Portland to Sacramento, almost 1000 kilometers, so that won`t help either.

Look for the Kings to take advantage of the scheduling and claim a win here. Their youth, pace and exuberance should pose a difficult matchup for a tired Hornets side.

My fist thought was to take Kings -5, but the bookies currently put up lines only for the -5,5 point spread. Instead of risking that, my tip will be the Kings to win straight up. Prediction: Sacramento Kings – Charlotte Hornets 117 – 107.

Pick: Kings
Odds: 1.47 @ 1xBet
Stake: 9
Possible profit: 4.23
Event date: 13 January

About Rostick

Former bookie & water polo player. Rugby Union expert. - EDITOR INFO & STATS
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