Philadelphia 76ers at Sacramento Kings NBA Betting Analysis, Picks
Two underperforming teams are set to square off in California on Monday night in the NBA, as the Sacramento Kings (6-11) host the Philadelphia 76ers (9-8) at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM PST.
The Kings announced the firing of head coach Luke Walton on Sunday following their disappointing start to the season. Sacramento will once again look to retool and find a way to become competitive in the West.
The Sixers find themselves just one game over .500 entering this Monday night affair. Philadelphia had high expectations for this season even with Ben Simmons out. However, they have been fairly mediocre so far in 2021 as they have endured struggles and injuries.
Both teams would love a victory in this game to set their sails in the correct direction. Let’s take an in-depth look at this cross-conference matchup.
Betting Analysis for Philadelphia 76ers at Sacramento Kings
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Stats & Analysis
The Sixers have labored over the past two weeks. They have won just once in their past six attempts and most recently dropped a game to the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
One would figure the transitioning Kings would be the perfect matchup to get back on track, but right now, the 76ers have not displayed any form of consistency. However, the real issue is keeping players on the court.
Obviously, the Ben Simmons saga is still ongoing. Nobody truly knows when the all-star caliber point guard will make his return, and no one knows if he will ever suit up for the Sixers again.
But he has not been the only 76ers talented player to miss time.
Star center Joel Embiid has missed plenty of time this year as well due to injury. Tobias Harris has also missed a few games because of injury as well.
Other players suffering from injuries include Danny Green and Grant Riller.
One bright spot has been Simmons’ replacement, Tyrese Maxey. The young guard has displayed an ability to make plays for teammates, blow by defenders, and finish at the rim.
Maxey will look to lead the 76ers to a win against the lowly Kings on Monday night.
Sacramento Kings Betting Stats & Analysis
As aforementioned, Luke Walton is out as a head coach in Sacramento. The Kings were hopeful he could turn things around and lead them to a winning season, but their 6-11 record to open up the campaign proved otherwise and ultimately led to his firing. Alvin Gentry has been named as interim head coach.
From an offensive perspective, things have not been all bad. They rank in the top half of the league in scoring. However, they have been a bottom-tier defensive unit. Many of their games have ended in high-scoring, heartbreaking losses.
It can become mentally exhausting to post a grandiose amount of points on the scoreboard night in and night out and still fall short in the win column.
The Kings desperately need a win after losing seven of their past eight matchups. They do have some talent in players like De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, and Buddy Hield. But they just have failed to mesh as a team overall.
If they are able to earn a victory following the firing of Walton, it would give something for Sacramento fans to hang their hats on. They will have some confidence heading in, given that Philadelphia is currently going through their roughest stretch of the season.
Perhaps they can exploit the weaknesses of the 76ers and steal a victory.
Philadelphia 76ers at Sacramento Kings NBA Betting Trends
The 76ers are 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games. Philadelphia is 0-4-1 ATS over the course of their last five games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Sacramento is 0-4 ATS in their last four home affairs. They are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games.
The 76ers are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games against the Kings.
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This is a battle of two struggling teams. While there really is no doubt that the 76ers are better on paper, right now, this is anybody’s game to win.
I could see the firing of Walton affect the Kings in one of two ways. It will either fire them up and spark a run of quality play, or it could lead to a downfall since change is never easy, especially when it comes to leadership.
Tobias Harris is expected to play on Monday, which will give the Sixers a leg up in this one. While this should be a close contest, look for Philadelphia to pull out the victory.
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Sacramento is 2-6 on their home court. The 76ers are 5-4 on the road.
The Kings do hold the advantage with no injuries to speak of. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes have played well as of late for Sacramento and could carry them to a win.
However, the Sixers have seen unsung players perform well, such as Andre Drummond and George Niang this season. Their abilities speak to the 76ers depth as a whole. Even with Simmons, Embiid, and Harris out, a team consisting of Maxey, Drummond, and Niang is still decent.
Add in the fact that Harris will likely be on the court on Monday, and that only strengthens the chances of the 76ers overcoming the odds and earning the win.
Take the 76ers -1.5.
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