Sacramento Kings at Milwaukee Bucks odds, picks and prediction
The Sacramento Kings (18-29) kick off a five-game Eastern Conference road trip Saturday when they face the Milwaukee Bucks (29-19). Tip-off is 7 p.m. ET at Fiserv Forum. Below, we look at the Kings vs. Bucks odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Kings have lost two straight and have only two wins in their last nine games. They have struggled on the road this season at 6-13. Sacramento may get G Tyrese Haliburton back in the lineup as he has cleared health and safety protocols.
The Bucks have won two in a row, including a 94-90 win Friday over the Chicago Bulls. However, they've gone 4-6 over their last 10 games following a six-game win streak. F Giannis Antetokounmpo is having another MVP-like season with 28.6 points, 11.3 remounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Kings at Bucks odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Kings +440 (bet $100 to win $440) | Bucks -650 (bet $650 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Kings +9.5 (-105) | Bucks -9.5 (-120)
- Over/Under (O/U): 233.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Kings at Bucks key injuries
Kings (not officially submitted)
- PG Tyrese Haliburton (reconditioning) questionable
Bucks (not officially submitted)
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Kings vs. Bucks odds, lines, picks and predictions
Bucks 120, Kings 109
PASS on the money line.
The Bucks win at home at a .667 clip, while the Kings have lost more than twice as many games as they have won on the road.
The Kings are also 9-17 against teams over .500. So while betting the underdog here has a high payout, it isn't a smart bet, and betting chalk when you have to wager more than six times your potential payout isn't worth it.
The Kings are an interesting team for betting purposes. They more or less only cover the spread in outright wins. They covered the spread in a one-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Jan. 10, but that was only the second time they have covered the spread in a loss all season. The other time they did so was Nov. 2.
The Bucks are 17-19 ATS as favorites but have been covering the spread in victories pretty consistently of recent. They did not cover the spread in their 4-point win Friday, but that was only the second time in their last 12 wins that they haven't covered.
If you believe the Bucks will beat the Kings outright like I do, bet the BUCKS -9.5 (-120).
Three of the last four games for the Kings have gone Over the projected total, although only two of the Bucks' last eight have.
The Kings have scored an average of 123.5 points in their last four games. However, the Bucks have the seventh-best defensive rating in the league and the sixth-highest scoring offense.
With such a high projected total, take UNDER 233.5 (-112).
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