This will be the second consecutive meeting between the two teams. The Timberwolves took a 117-110 victory in Minnesota on Saturday. Here are the Kings-Timberwolves NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuelNBA Odds: Kings-Timberwolves OddsSacramento Kings: -1 (-110)Minnesota Timberwolves: +1 (-110)Over: 237. 5 (-110)Under: 237. 5 (-110)How To Watch Kings vs. TimberwolvesTV: NBCS California, Bally NorthStream: NBA League PassTime: 8:00 p. ET/ 5:00 p. PT*Watch NBA games LIVE with fuboTV (click for a free trial)*Why The Kings Could Cover The SpreadDespite losing to these same Timberwolves two days ago, the Kings enter tonight as road favorites – and for good reason. Sacramento boasts the highest-scoring offense in the league.
Prince has missed the last 4 games with a sprained left ankle. — Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) January 29, 2023 Sacramento Kings OFFRTG: 117. 5 (1st) DEFRTG: 114. 7 (21st) NETRTG: 2. 7 (7th) eFG%: 57. 1 (3rd) FTr:. 286 (6th) TOV%: 14. 0 (13th) OREB%: 26. 3 (23rd) Pace: 101. 49 (7th) FBPS: 15. 0 (8th) 2nd PTS: 12. 9 (21st) PITP: 51. 3 (13th) Minnesota Timberwolves OFFRTG: 113. 1 (17th) DEFRTG: 112. 7 (12th) NETRTG: 0.
5 (15th) eFG%: 56. 1 (5th) FTr:. 275 (13th) TOV%: 15. 5 (28th) OREB%: 25. 9 (24th) Pace: 101. 71 (6th) FBPS: 14. 9 (9th) 2nd PTS: 11. 8 (25th) PITP: 53. 8 (8th) While King James was complaining about how he’s the only player in the NBA who gets a bad whistle on Saturday, the Kings enjoyed a 36-FTA night.
Contrary to traditional high-powered offenses, the Kings run their offense first and foremost through a passing big man. Seven-footer Domantas Sabonis leads the team in assists (7. 3 APG) while simultaneously leading the league in rebounding (12. 4 RPG). He remains a strong scorer as well, averaging 18. 5 PPG. Sabonis has struggled with turnovers in recent games but remains a highly efficient player as he is shooting 61% for the season. Despite losing to the Timberwolves on Saturday, Sabonis was excellent. He scored 23 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and dished out five assists in the loss.
Averaging 119. 5 PPG, the Kings are elite on the offensive end as they lead the league in two-point field goal percentage (58%) while ranking in the top ten in threes (13. 6 3PM/Game), free throws (19. 8 FTM/Game), and assists (27. 1 APG). Matched up with Minnesota’s 23rd-ranked defense, Sacramento has a plethora of options to turn to on the offensive end.
Game Preview #53: Kings at WolvesThe Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves run it back to wrap up their “baseball series” matchup. In a season where the #4 seed and #9 seed in the Western Conference are currently separated by just 2. 0 games, this will be an important one because all games are important ones. For example, the Wolves entered the first game of the two-game series as the 8th seed. Today, they are 5th. Let’s take a look at the tale of the tape. Who: Sacramento Kings (27-21; 3rd) at Minnesota Timberwolves (27-25; 5th) When: 7:00 PM CST Local TV: Bally Sports North (Michael Grady, Jim Petersen, Katie Storm) Line: Wolves +1. 5 | Total: 237. 5 (courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook) Taurean Prince has been upgraded to QUESTIONABLE on the latest Wolves injury report.
Expect another strong night from Sacramento’s point center. Just because Sabonis acts as their point center, doesn’t mean the Kings don’t have an elite point guard. The blazing-fast De’Aaron Fox leads the team in scoring with 23. 9 PPG while still managing a strong 6. 1 APG. He is their most explosive offensive threat and is coming off a 29-point performance against the ‘Wolves on Saturday. Outside of Fox and Sabonis, the Kings have a number of capable role players who can step up on any given night. In recent games, rookie Keegan Murray and veteran Harrison Barnes have been strong options. Murray ranks second on the team in scoring over their last five games with 17. 2 PPG. The fourth-overall pick is a lethal shooter who is only just beginning to become more aggressive on the offensive end.
Barnes has been near as impressive. Over that same span, the veteran averaged 16. Having two versatile forwards playing as well as these two gives Sacramento a huge edge especially considering Minnesota’s lack of depth on the wing. Why The Timberwolves Could Cover The SpreadAlthough the Timberwolves are coming off a seven-point win over the Kings, they find themselves as home underdogs tonight. That being said, they have an excellent chance to cover what is essentially a pick ’em tonight thanks to their strong offense.
0% from beyond the arc. I’ll be monitoring how each team gets their points tonight. As I mentioned in the first preview, the matchup between De’Aaron Fox and Anthony Edwards for title of “Best Potential Western Guard to Get an All-Star Snub” was scintillating. Fox turned it on late in the game to finish with a 29-point night on an ineffective 10 of 24 performance (Thanks Jaden! ).