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NBA odds preview - Heat vs. Kings

Miami HeatSacramento Kings
22-6December 27, 2013, 10:00 | Sleep Train Arena8-19

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Heat travelling to Sacramento Friday to face the Kings on Friday.

Sacramento battles the Heat, currently with a 22-6 mark (13-15 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-13 for the Kings and 17-11 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Miami Heat vs Sacramento Kings Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Heat listed as -7.5-point favorites earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 208.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Kings at No. 19 and the Heat at No. 9 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 101-90 result in favor of the Heat.

In their last action, Miami was a 101-95 winner on the road against the Lakers. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (196) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Chris Bosh scored 23 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Miami over Los Angeles, 101-95, on Wednesday at STAPLES Center.

Last time out for Sacramento, they were a 113-100 loser as they battled the Pelicans at home. The Kings failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog, while 213 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Sacramento got 24 points and 14 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins in a losing cause in a 113-100 loss to New Orleans on Monday at Sleep Train Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Sacramento's No. 22-rated squad against Miami's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Sacramento rates No. 22 in the league with 6.96 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 8.18 per outing.

Next up:
Miami at Portland, Saturday, December 28th
Sacramento at San Antonio, Sunday, December 29th