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Miami Heat vs Sacramento Kings Odds
The visiting Heat hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Power Balance Pavilion against the Kings.
Sacramento battles the Heat, currently with a 23-11 mark (16-18 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 23-13 for the Kings and 15-19 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Kings at No. 24 and the Heat at No. 10 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 104-94 result in favor of the Heat.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Sacramento's No. 25-rated squad against Miami's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Sacramento rates No. 16 in the league with 6.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 with 8.4 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Heat own the league's No. 15-rated mark, allowing 99.3 points per game when playing on the road. Sacramento, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring on their home court.
Miami lost its last outing, a 92-90 result against the Trail Blazers on January 10. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite, while the 182 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Chris Bosh scored 29 points for Miami on Thursday, but the Trail Blazers managed a 92-90 victory over the Heat at Rose Garden.
The Kings were a 117-112 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (229) made winners of OVER bettors. DeMarcus Cousins scored 29 points for Sacramento on Thursday, but the Mavericks managed a 117-112 victory over the Kings at Power Balance Pavilion.
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
Sacramento Kings Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Dallas are 0-10
After a loss are 4-6
A few Heat at Kings trends to consider:
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Sacramento
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Sacramento
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games
Miami is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Sacramento's last 10 games
Sacramento is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Sacramento's last 6 games when playing Miami
Miami at Utah, Monday, January 14
Sacramento home to Cleveland, Monday, January 14