Charlotte at Sacramento +4 O/U 207.5
The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins at the trading deadline, a trade that was widely criticized by every talking head in the world, including myself. The betting markets weren’t sleeping on this trade!
Suddenly a Kings team that was power rated as a middle of the pack squad was downgraded to a team that was every bit as bad as the worst team in the NBA, the 9-48 Nets. That’s why the Kings were seven point home underdogs against Denver on Thursday – a game they won by 16. But the markets didn’t believe what they saw in that game, explaining why they are four point home underdogs against Charlotte today…with the early money rolling in on the Hornets!
First, Sacramento is not as bad as the markets seem to think they are. The Cousins distraction is gone. They’ve got a veteran backcourt duo in Darrin Collison and Ty Lawson – not rookies or scrubs handling the basketball. The Kosta Koufos/Willie Cauley-Stein duo combined for 37 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks in that game, filling Cousins shoes impeccably. And with new additions Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans offering sharpshooter production off the bench, this Kings team is not hopelessly overmatched in every game, the way Brooklyn is. Sacramento offers legitimate value right now, plain and simple.
Charlotte lost ten of 11 games heading into the All-Star Break. They came out of the break playing with a sense of real purpose, leading by 15 in the fourth quarter at Detroit. But when the Pistons went into ‘crunch time’ mode, the Hornets were severely outclassed on both ends of the court; a team that has absolutely lost their confidence in end game situations. Plan and simple – Charlotte can’t be laying! Take the Kings.