Sacramento Kings vs. Chicago Bulls
Saturday, 3/15/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Chicago -8
Current Betting Line: Chicago -8
Opening Total: 190
Current Total: 190
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Sacramento snapped a three-game losing streak by picking up a 115-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as 9.5-point road favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Kings are in the midst of their longest road trip of the 2013-14 campaign, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks Saturday night. On its current trip away from home, the team is averaging 99.2 points and allowing opponents to score 100.4 points a contest. Sacramento is 0-6 SU and 2-4 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points this season.
The Kings are the only team in the league with three players averaging 20 or more points, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds. Sacramento is led offensively by center DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 22.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game—tallying a double-double in six of his last seven trips on the floor.
Chicago has alternated wins and losses over its last seven games, as it looks to build off a 111-87 victory over the Houston Rockets as 3.5-point home underdogs Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Bulls have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward Carlos Boozer leading the way at 14.2 points a contest. He ranks second on the team with 19 double-doubles on the year. Chicago is 17-7 ATS versus Western Conference opponents this season, with the UNDER going 16-8 in that situation.
The Bulls have compiled a solid 20-12 SU record when playing at the United Center, but are just 6-6 versus out-of-conference foes. Since Jan. 1, Chicago has won an Eastern Conference-best 24 games, which is just a game better than the Brooklyn Nets over that span. Center Joakim Noah is the main player to handicap in this affair, as he’s currently averaging 12.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bulls due to their 4-0 ATS mark at home versus teams with a losing road record.
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