This Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers (32-44) will battle the Sacramento Kings (46-30). The Western Conference game takes place at the Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers rank 13th in the Western Conference, ten positions behind the third-placed Sacramento Kings. A run of four straight defeats has recently hit a sorry-looking Portland Trail Blazers. Can they get back on track at the Moda Center, or will the Sacramento Kings inflict more misery their way? Let’s check it out in this preview.
Form Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are on a rough patch of form. Not only did the hosts lose 80-120 to the Sacramento Kings last time out, but they’re also on an eight-match home losing streak. This leaves them 1-9 across their past 10 games overall.
On average, the Portland Trail Blazers have scored 101.0 points in their last five games, while their season average is 113.4 points per game. The defense has been a weakness for the Portland Trail Blazers, with 116.4 points allowed on average per game.
The playoff dream is close to over for the Portland Trail Blazers after 76 games. The hosts have suffered 44 losses in 76 contests this season, putting them in a precarious position of potentially not qualifying for the Western playoffs.
Damian Lillard, Jerami Grant, Jusuf Nurkic, Justise Winslow, Anfernee Simons, Ibou Badji, and Trendon Watford are set to miss the Portland Trail Blazers game due to injuries.
Form Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have been doing great in their away games, winning eight out of nine contests! Their road record is 23-14. Their last match was against the Portland Trail Blazers, which they won 120-80.
The Sacramento Kings have achieved a remarkable average of 121.0 points per game this season, with an impressive 118.0 road points. On the other side of the floor, the Sacramento Kings have been middle-of-the-pack in defense. They’ve given up 114.2 points in their past five outings and 118.0 points on average for the season.
The Sacramento Kings have triumphantly locked in a coveted direct playoff berth, now fiercely eyeing a higher rung on the Western Conference ladder. Fueled by ambition, the team strives to elevate its third-seeding status and secure the ultimate postseason advantage.
The Sacramento Kings have no reported injury concerns ahead of their latest matchup.
The Sacramento Kings have been victorious in their last two matches against the Portland Trail Blazers, the most recent one ending in an 80-120 score in March 2023, and the other one before that ending with a 133-116 in February 2023. The Portland Trail Blazers came away with two wins from their past five matchups against the Sacramento Kings, leaving them with an overall record of 2-3.
While the Portland Trail Blazers averaged 109.8 points, the Sacramento Kings performed an average of 117.6 points in their ten most recent standoffs.
To see Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings odds for Friday’s showdown, visit Bet365.com.They offer numerous wagering opportunities on their website.
- Moneyline (ML): Sacramento Kings (-1408) | Portland Trail Blazers (+850)
- Against the spread (ATS): Sacramento Kings -14.5 (-110) | Portland Trail Blazers +14.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 231.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Bet on the Sacramento Kings to win (1.07) on the moneyline.
It’s hard to argue with the +850 odds on a Portland Trail Blazers win here. The hosts are on an eight-game losing skid at the Moda Center and are coming off an 80-120 defeat to the Sacramento Kings. The Sacramento Kings hold the edge, with -1408 odds implying there is a 93% probability this match will end in a road win. The visitors have been successful in eight out of the last ten games on the road.
The Sacramento Kings seem a shrewd bet. They have played extremely well on the road, boasting an 8-2 record in their last ten away games. This may give them an edge over the Portland Trail Blazers, who have only gone 1-9 at the Moda Center lately.
Against the Spread
Betting on the Sacramento Kings -14.5 (1.91) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The Sacramento Kings are expected to take the win when they play at the Moda Center, with a 14.5-point advantage. They’ve won three of their last five visits to the Moda Center by an average 19.0-point differential.
At the Moda Center, the Portland Trail Blazers have gone two games without covering the spread. Their home record this season is 17-21 ATS. The previous ten home contests saw the Portland Trail Blazers cover two times. They limited their foes to 121.3 points per game and scored 104.1 points on average.
In eight of the last nine road games, the Sacramento Kings covered the spread. Their record is 24-13 ATS for the season. Backing the Sacramento Kings to cover the spread away from home has been a sound choice recently. In fact, in their last five road games, they have gone an impressive 4-1 ATS.
Total under 231.5 (1.91) is our pick.
Based on their head-to-head record, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings look primed for a high-scoring affair. Both sides have seen plenty of points in their ten most recent matchups. They averaged 227.4 points between them, including 215.6 points in the last five at the Moda Center.
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 231.5. This is 14.9 points higher than the combined 216.6-point average the Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of -110.
The total went under in the last three Portland Trail Blazers games. Their record for the season is now 37-38 O/U. Fans have witnessed 216.6 points on average in the last five Portland Trail Blazers home games. The score dipped below the total four times, going 6-4 O/U in the last ten matches overall.
The Sacramento Kings have a 38-36 O/U record for the season. Their last two games ended up below the total. The last five road games involving the Sacramento Kings failed to surpass the total three times, averaging 225.2 points per game.