The hottest NBA team right now , the San Antonio Spurs (49-13) led by the MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard , are hosting the Sacramento Kings (25-38) , who are still adjusting after trading DeMarcus Cousins. The game takes place at the AT&T Center of San Antonio , TX on Wednesday , March 8th 2017.
The Spurs have the second-best record in the league with 49-13 and are 2.5 games behind the first Warriors. They have a 9-1 record in their last 10 and they are coming off eight consecutive wins. In their last game on Tuesday , they won at home against the Rockets with a 112-110 score. Kawhi Leonard leads the team in scoring with 26.3 ppg and 6 rpg , adding a team high 1.9 steals per game (fifth-best in the league). He is followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 17.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg , while Pau Gasol adds 12.1 ppg and a team high 7.9 rpg on a reserve role after the All-Star break.
Date/Time: 03-08-2017 , 21:00 EST
Prediction : Sacramento Kings +14.5 (-109)
The Kings have a 25-38 record so far and gave up all playoff hopes after trading DeMarcus Cousins. They are 4-6 in their last 10 and they are coming off five consecutive losses. In their last game on Tuesday , they lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 108-96 score. Darren Collison leads the team in scoring with 13.7 ppg and 4.3 apg , followed by newcomer Tyreke Evans with 13.2 ppg and 5 rpg and Buddy Hield with 13.2 ppg. Ty Lawson adds a team high 4.7 assists per game.
This is the third time those two teams meet this season , and in their previous meetings the Spurs won both times on the road. The Spurs are 22-6 at home , while the Kings are 12-19 on the road. The Spurs are better both offensively , scoring 106.6 ppg to Sacramento’s 102.6 , and defensively , allowing 98.4 ppg (second-best in the league) to Sacramento’s 105.6. The Spurs also have better percentages both in 2-pointers (47.3% to 45.6%) and 3-pointers , where the lead the league with 39.3% to Sacramento’s 36.8% and they are also better in rebounding with 44.1 to Sacramento’s third-worse in the league of 41.1. The Spurs are the absolute favorite for the win but they might step their foot off the gas and rest their players if the leads gets too big , so I’m with the Kings in this one.
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