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Rockets face Kings: NBA odds preview

Houston RocketsSacramento Kings
16-8December 15, 2013, 06:00 | Sleep Train Arena6-15

The Kings will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Rockets at Sleep Train Arena in NBA wagering action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Kings are 6-15 so far on the season, and 7-12-2 ATS vs. the number. The Rockets, meanwhile, are 16-8 and 13-9-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Sacramento go 10-11 and the Rockets go 13-11 on the totals.

View Houston Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Kings as 6.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 214, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 21-rated Kings and the No. 6-rated Rockets in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 100-92 win for the Rockets on Sunday.

The Rockets were a 116-112 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (228) made winners of OVER bettors. The Warriors were burned for 26 points by James Harden on Friday as the Rockets picked up a 116-112 win at Oracle Arena.

Last time out for Sacramento, they were a 116-107 loser as they battled the Suns on the road. The Kings failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 223 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Sacramento got 29 points from Isaiah Thomas en route to a 116-107 loss against Phoenix on Friday at US Airways Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Sacramento's No. 17-ranked offense (99.19 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 25 at 102.04 PPG. The Kings have averaged 43.3% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (47.47% on average).

A few Rockets at Kings trends to consider:
Houston is 10-4-1 ATS in its last 15 games
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 10 games on the road
Sacramento is 7-12-2 ATS in its last 21 games
Sacramento is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Sacramento's last 5 games
Sacramento is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Chicago, Wednesday, December 18th
Sacramento at Charlotte, Tuesday, December 17th