Hornets vs. Kings NBA expert prediction and odds for Tuesday, Jan. 2 (Trust Kings at home)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Charlotte Hornets-Sacramento Kings matchup in the NBA on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) reacts after a three.
Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) reacts after a three. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings are heavily favored on Tuesday night against the Charlotte Hornets, who lost to Denver on Monday by double digits. 

The Hornets have just seven wins on the season, and they come into this game on an 11-game losing streak. 

The Kings, on the other hand, have climbed up to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference and are an impressive 11-5 at home. 

How should we bet on this lopsided matchup? 

Hornets vs. Kings odds, spread and total

Hornets vs. Kings how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 2
  • Game Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Golden 1 Center
  • How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports Southeast, NBC Sports California
  • Hornets Record: 7-24
  • Kings Record: 19-12

Hornets vs. Kings injury reports

Charlotte Hornets injury report

  • Injury report not submitted yet

Sacramento Kings injury report

  • No injuries reported

Hornets vs. Kings key players to watch

Charlotte Hornets

Brandon Miller: Rookie Brandon Miller has picked up some of the slack scoring for the Hornets with Ball sidelined with an ankle injury. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft had 15 points against Denver on Monday night and is averaging 14.9 points per game on the season. 

Sacramento Kings

De’Aaron Fox: An All-Star last season, Fox has picked up right where he left off for the Kings, averaging 30.0 points and 6.1 assists per game this season. Fox has really taken a step as a scorer, and he’s going to be tough to handle for a Hornets team that is dead last in the NBA in defensive rating this season. 

Malik Monk: A candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, Monk has been terrific as of late for the Kings, scoring 27 points in just 21 minutes in a blowout win over Memphis on Sunday. Monk is averaging 14.5 points and 5.2 assists per game while shooting a blistering 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. 

Hornets vs. Kings prediction and pick

Charlotte scored just 93 points in an 18-point loss to Denver on Monday, getting dismantled in the third quarter (40-17) to lose the game. 

While this is a lot of points to lay with the Kings, I’m willing to do it on the second night of a back-to-back for Charlotte. 

The Hornets are 2-2 ATS on the second night of a back-to-back this season, losing those games by an average margin of 21.8 points per game. 

Sacramento’s high-powered offense should feast against this league-worst defense, and with Ball out, the Hornets lack elite scoring options in their rotation. 

I don’t have any interest in betting the Hornets – even at this number – so I’ll take Sacramento to cover at home where it is 7-7 ATS as a home favorite. 

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