Two squads from opposing conferences with completely different goals for the season are clashing, when the rebuilding Sacramento Kings (21-47), looking to end yet another losing streak, are hosting the playoff bound Miami Heat (36-32), who want to return to the winning ways. Miami Heat vs Sacramento Kings Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-14-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Sacramento Kings +6.5
Kings have a 21-47 record (31-34-3 against the spread) so far this season. Sacramento currently sit in the third to last place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Thunder with a 101-106 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach Randolph with 14.8 ppg. The veteran forward adds a team high 6.9 rebounds per game. He is followed by Buddy Hield with 12.7 ppg, while Willie Cauley-Stein adds 12.6 ppg and 6.9 rebounds.
Heat have a 36-32 record (34-29-5 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Blazers with a 99-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 17.1 ppg, adding a team high 4.9 assists per game. He is followed by Hassan Whiteside with 14.3 ppg and a team high 11.8 rebounds per game, while Dwayne Wade adds 13.7 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Kings won on the road with an 88-89 score. Kings are 11-22 at home so far this season, while Heat are 15-19 on the road. Heat are better both offensively, scoring 102.4 ppg to Kings’ second-worse of 99.3 and defensively, allowing 102.3 ppg to Kings’ 107.2. The Heat have a slightly better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.57% to Kings’ 45.15%, while Kings have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 37.84% to Heat’s 35.79%. Heat are better both in rebounding, grabbing 43.1 to Kings’ 40.6 and in assists made, with 22.3 to Kings’ 21.3. Heat are the favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Kings will force a close game just like in their previous matchup.
Miami Heat vs Sacramento Kings Prediction: Sacramento Kings +6.5 (-109)
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