ANOTHER loss by .5 points kept us from a sweep yesterday, but as always we’re focussed on getting it all back.
Here’s our best bets for the action ahead:
Sacramento Kings @ New York Knicks
The Kings have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, but their yet to prove they can get a W on the road.
Sacramento’s team of youth and experience hasn’t quite blended as well as they had hoped this season and this matchup does’t particularly bode too well for them.
The Kings are scoring just 95.2 points per game on offence and they haven’t quite found their identity as yet – the Knicks however look like they have.
The team has transformed into an up-tempo force offensively and the rise and rise of Kristaps Porzingis has elevated this team to new heights.
It’s only fitting then that they suffered a loss last time out in his absence.
The 7ft Latvian has been near unplayable during New York’s revival and we don’t see how that changes in this one.
Both Zach Randolph and Willie Cauley-Stein will have their hands full trying to slow down The Unicorn, while the team still can’t be trusted offensively to force the Knicks into chasing them down.
New York have won five of their last six on their home court and have covered the line in each of those wins. They’re 6-2 against the spread in their last eight overall.
Meanwhile, the Kings are a measly 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and have covered just once in their last six overall against Eastern Conference opponents.
Tip: New York Knicks -6.0 @ $1.95 (Sportsbet)
LA Lakers @ Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks looked a revived team against San Antonio and the addition of Eric Bledsoe has certainly taken responsibility off the shoulders of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Their length and athleticism came to the fore yesterday and it will certainly be a repeat of that disruption on defence in this one that will lead to a big win for the home side.
The Lakers might start worrying about the development of Lonzo Ball sooner rather than later. He is struggling to find his shot and is a defensive liability on the perimeter – not great when coming up against a revived Bledsoe who can get it done on both ends.
Inside the paint Brook Lopez looks to be far from his best at the moment and the Bucks ability to congest the lane means he’ll get few touches in and around the rim.
Both these teams have near identical stats at the moment, but we’ll begin to see both trending in opposite directions over the coming months.
The Bucks have covered five of their last six home games against teams with a losing record, while the team is 2-0 when placed 5.5-6.5 point favourites this year.
Grab the Bucks at home as they look to kick start their season.
Tip: Milwaukee Bucks -6.0 @ $1.90 (Crownbet)
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