The Sacramento Kings face the Golden State Warriors in an early season Pacific Division clash on Friday night. The game looks extremely tough to call, with the bookies favoring the Kings by just one point.
If you are looking to place a wager on the game, then our NBA Picks are here to help. Our experts have assessed the key factors that will decide the contest and put together their exclusive tip.
The Sacramento Kings opened the new season with a convincing 130-114 victory over the Utah Jazz. In truth, that scoreline flattered the Jazz, as the Kings opened up a big 18 point lead after four quarters, before easing off down the stretch.
The 2022-23 season saw the Kings end their playoff drought and win their first Pacific Division title since 2002. However, they fell at the first postseason hurdle, as the Warriors squeezed past them 4-3. Revenge will definitely be on the agenda this Friday night.
After claiming the NBA title in 2021, last season represented something of a disappointment for the Warriors. They fell 2-4 to the Lakers in the Conference semi finals, despite being heavily fancied to progress.
Despite an encouraging 4-1 record in preseason, they opened the new regular season with a narrow four point defeat to the Suns, despite 27 points from star player Steph Curry. The Warriors will be hoping to bounce back on Friday night by defeating their Divisional rivals.
The two teams have met in 408 regular season games, with the Warriors holding a 205-193 lead in the head-to-head. That advantage is even more stark in recent encounters, with the Warriors winning 8 of the last 9 regular season games between the teams.
The Sacramento Kings are marginal favorites for the game on NBA betting sites and can be backed at -118 for the win. Meanwhile, the Warriors are priced at 100.
In such a tight looking game, it often makes sense to go for the underdogs, and that is certainly the case here. The Warriors’ recent supremacy over the Kings (in both the Regular Season and playoffs) cannot be ignored, and any side with Steph Curry in their ranks is always capable of putting up some big points.
This isn’t an easy game to predict, but if you are wanting to place a small wager on the game, the Warriors are our tip.
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