NBA Game Preview: New York Knicks at Sacramento Kings

Mar 9, 2023

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Game: New York Knicks @ Sacramento Kings

Time: 10:00 p.m.

Odds: Knicks +3.5, Kings -3.5

Total: 235

The New York Knicks’ season-best nine-game winning streak was derailed by one of the NBA’s worst teams on Tuesday night. The Knicks lost at home to Charlotte, the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference. That came after a streak that included wins over Brooklyn, Miami, and two against the Boston Celtics. Now, New York looks to start a new streak on the road in Sacramento tonight.

The Knicks led by 16 at the half against Charlotte, but somehow ran out of gas and were outscored 62-39 in the second half. The Hornets would win 112-105. New York had been a 10-point favorite and failed to cover the spread for the first time in nine games. It was also the Knicks’ first loss since acquiring guard Josh Hart from Portland four weeks ago, just before the trade deadline.

The big question mark for the Knicks going into tonight is the status of Jalen Brunson. The point guard missed the Knicks’ previous two games with a foot injury. He traveled with the team to Sacramento and is listed as questionable for tonight.

For New York, Immanuel Quickley started the previous two games in place of Brunson. On the road against the Celtics on Sunday, he scored a career-high 38 points, but against the Hornets, he only managed 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

The Kings have won six of their last seven games to tie the Memphis Grizzlies for second place in the Western Conference. The Kings are seven games behind West leader Denver. This is somewhere the Kings haven’t been for a long time. Sacramento has not made the NBA postseason for the past 16 years. With a win tonight, the Kings would tie the 2018-19 team for most wins over the past 16 seasons. The last time Sacramento made the playoffs was the 2005-06 season. That season was also the last time the Kings finished above .500 in the regular season.

Sacramento defeated the New Orleans Pelicans at home on Monday, 123-108. Domantas Sabonis scored his eighth triple-double of the year with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. That brings his total of double-doubles to a league-best 52.

Kevin Huerter had 25 points and is averaging 24 in the first three games of a four-game homestand. Huerter is 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) from behind the arc over the past three games, including six three-pointers in each of the last two games. In February, Huerter only made 29.2 percent of his three-point attempts.

Kings All-Star point guard De’Aaron Fox missed the game against New Orleans. He is listed as probable for tonight. The Kings are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games. Ten of the Kings’ last 13 games have gone Over the total, which is a reflection of Sacramento having the NBA’s top-scoring offense (121.1 ppg).

The Knicks have won four straight against the Kings, including the first meeting this season. New York held Sacramento to just 99 points in a 112-99 win.

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