To no surprise, the four-time reigning Western Conference champion Warriors come out of the All-Star break with the West’s best record, two games ahead of Denver. It would be an upset for Golden State to not finish with the conference’s top seed. It is the -357 favourite at Sports Interaction to claim another West title.
Sacramento has the longest playoff drought in the NBA, last making it in the 2005-06 season. Currently, the Kings sit ninth in the West but just a game behind the No. 8 Clippers – who got intentionally worse at the trade deadline. The Kings are one of the most improved teams in the NBA and have a bright future behind young players such as De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III. Quite possible they grab the No. 8 seed and face the Warriors in the West quarterfinals.
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Golden State goes for the four-game season sweep, but the first three have been decided by just a combined 10 points. All were high scoring and very entertaining. The Warriors have won 21 of the past 25 meetings overall. This will be the Kings’ last-ever game in Oakland (barring a playoff matchup) with the Warriors moving to San Francisco next season.
The Kings have covered their past four in Oakland.
The sign of a young team can often be its home/road splits. The home crowd gets the guys fired up and they play well there, while on the road things are much different. That’s largely the story of these Kings, who are 19-11 at home but 11-16 away. They lost their final game before the break but played terrific in Denver, falling 120-118 on a last-second tip-in.
Hield and Fox have both taken giant leaps forward this season. Hield is averaging 20.5 points, while Fox, maybe the fastest player in the NBA, is putting up 17.2 points and 7.2 assists. Bagley III was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft and has come on after a slow start. The former Duke star is averaging 16.1 points and 8.9 rebounds over the previous 10. Sacramento is 7-1 ATS in its past eight following a loss.
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It was a productive All-Star Game for Warriors superstar Kevin Durant as he won his second career MVP Award in that game. He was the first overall pick in the “draft” by LeBron James. Might have been Durant’s last All-Star Game as a Warriors amid rumours he will leave for the Knicks this summer as a free agent. In the last six regular-season games, Durant is shooting a stellar 63.9 percent from the field. He’s ranked fifth in the league in scoring at 27.6 ppg, while teammate Steph Curry is third (28.6 ppg).
Golden State comes out of the break having won 16 of its past 18 games to pass the Nuggets for the West’s best record. The Dubs were clobbered their final game before the break, 129-107 in Portland, but that was the second of a back-to-back and simply a veteran team ready for the week off.