The Sacramento Kings (10-21) will take on the Miami Heat (25-7) Tuesday night inside the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL.
Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat
Sacramento has dropped the first four games of a six-game road trip that includes a 93-92 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers as 1.5-point underdogs on Sunday. The Kings will have a hard time snapping that streak due to losing six in a row and 14 of 15 in this particular series. “We can’t finish games,” commented Kings coach Keith Smart about the team’s recent struggles. Sacramento is 8-11 ATS on the road and the “under” is 14-5 in those games.
The Kings are scoring 100.0 points per game on their current road trip, but are also allowing opponents to score 107.0 points a contest. Sacramento has been getting solid contributions from DeMarcus Cousins over the last four games offensively, averaging 22.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. The franchise is 3-16 on the road thus far during the 2011-12 campaign, including a 1-4 mark versus Eastern Conference opponents. Sacramento hasn’t won in Miami since a 95-88 victory on Dec. 9, 2001, while trailing the all-time series by a 30-16 margin.
Miami has two games left before the All-Star break and might get caught looking ahead to Thursday’s game against the New York Knicks. The Heat have definitely noticed that the NBA has been more focused on Knicks guard Jeremy Lin than anything else in the league over the last couple weeks. “We don’t know if people get bored with Miami winning or not,” stated Heat forward LeBron James. He is averaging a team-high 27.9 points per game, while also grabbing 8.2 rebounds and dishing off 6.8 assists. Miami is 17-15 ATS on the season.
The Heat are 10-2 overall at home this season, including a perfect 3-0 mark versus Western Conference foes. Miami has been very balanced offensively with James leading the way, as he combined with guard Dwyane Wade to score 52 points versus the Orlando Magic last time out. It was the sixth consecutive games that the squad had a pair of 20-plus point scorers in a game.
Bettors will likely back the Heat due to their 10-0 ATS mark in this series at home, while the Kings are 1-4-1 ATS as a road underdog of 11 points or more.
Recommendation: Miami Heat -13.5
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