Both Have Lost Two Straight
The Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings have lost their last two games. For the Suns, it is a little more serious, given they are just two games up from a Play-In spot. Each loss has shown a team’s weakness that could affect their NBA title odds. The No.4 seed Suns will travel to face the No.3 seeded Kings on Friday.
The Suns lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, 122-11, making NBA news after complaining about the refereeing in their recent games. The Kings lost their last two games in a road-home back-to-back split, losing to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, 132-109.
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Suns Free-Throw Disparity
After the Suns‘ loss to the Lakers, the players and head coach made it clear that they felt there was a problem with the referees. Head coach Monty Williams answered questions after the game, using some of his time to focus on the team not getting free throws, which he felt has been a problem all season.
“46 to 20. That’s it. That’s all I got to say.”
Phoenix lost 122-111. pic.twitter.com/KKUvGMHwqN
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) March 23, 2023
The fact is that Williams is right. The free throw discrepancy was noticeable in the game with the Lakers. The Lakers attempted 46 free throws to the Suns’ 20. This has been a pattern all season, with Phoenix averaging the third-fewest free-throw attempts per game while allowing the second most.
Some of that could be the controversial Chris Paul effect, a player that often gets on the bad side of referees. However, some of it is due to the Suns’ inability to reach the rim. They average the fifth fewest drives per game, where teams can draw the most fouls.
On top of that, Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton were absent in the last two games and are crucial players that get into the paint.
Kings Can’t Ease Off Late
According to most NBA playoff odds, it is a foregone conclusion that the Kings will make the postseason for the first time since 2006. That will end the longest playoff drought in US-based sports. Sacramento could end up being the third seed with home-court advantage in the first round. It is a complete turnaround for the franchise.
However, the season is nearing its end, and the Kings must keep their foot on the gas. These last two losses, while back-to-back games, highlighted the team’s biggest weakness: the defense. They gave up 128 points in a loss to the Utah Jazz, then 132 to the Celtics. In the Jazz game, the Kings at least kept up offensively, scoring 120 points, but they could not do that facing the Celtics.
The Kings have struggled on defense all season and need the offense to keep up, a reason why their NBA Finals odds are not at the level of other teams.
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Suns vs Kings Head-to-Head
The Suns beat the Kings in their first two meetings. The most recent one saw Sacramento win on the road, 128-119, on March 11. No Kings player dominated that game, but seven were in double figures. The NBA lines still favored the Suns, despite Durant being out.
Suns vs Kings Game Information
- Game: Suns (38-34) vs Kings (43-29)
- Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, March 24, 10:00 p.m. EST
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Suns vs Kings Betting Lines
Suns vs Kings Picks and Prediction
With Durant still out, it is clear that the Suns have been struggling. They had to trade away most of their depth to get him, leaving a massive hole in the roster with him injured. On top of that, the Suns have not been getting to the free-throw line, which probably won’t improve. This has made them hard to take in NBA picks.
This is a game in which the Kings’ offense could get back on track. They will be home against a team that is struggling overall.
The Sacramento Kings are listed at -160 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Kings, you have a chance to win $63. The Phoenix Suns are +140, offering a chance to win $140 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Sacramento Kings a 61.54% chance to win, with the Phoenix Suns at 41.67%.
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Kings vs Suns Betting Previous Game (Mar 11, 2023)
The Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns have been popular picks in NBA online betting to make the playoffs and potentially win the NBA championship.
While the Suns enter Saturday night without one of their major bright spots, they will rely on the likes of Devin Booker to help close the gap to the division-leading Kings.
We’ll review the stats, trends, and NBA lines to find the best bets for Saturday’s betting ticket.
Before making our picks for our NBA bet slip, we need to know where the Las Vegas NBA odds are listed for the Sacramento Kings vs Phoenix Suns.
The Suns are the moneyline favorite at -165, while the Kings are listed at +145.
The point spread is set to 4, with either the Suns at -4 or the Kings at +4 listed at -110 odds. The Kings have a 35-29-1 ATS record, while the Suns are 37-28-1 ATS.