The Warriors returned to the court on Wednesday and picked up a 134-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to that win, Golden State had dropped four of five. The Warriors will welcome in the Sacramento Kings for the fourth matchup between the two teams this season.
Sacramento, currently the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, is 1-2 against Golden State this season. Those three games have all been decided by single digits, including a pair of one-point decisions in the last two meetings. The Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Hawks on Monday. Can the Kings get the job done on the road?
Here’s a betting preview for Thursday’s matchup with a best bet.
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Kings vs. Warriors odds, spread and total
Kings vs. Warriors how to watch
- Date: Thursday, Jan. 25
- Game time: 10 p.m. EST
- Venue: Chase Center
- How to watch (TV): TNT
- Kings record: 24-18
- Warriors record: 19-22
Kings vs. Warriors injury reports
Sacramento Kings injury report
- Sasha Vezenkov (ankle): out
Golden State Warriors injury report
- Gary Payton II (hamstring): out
Kings vs. Warriors key players to watch
Harrison Barnes: Barnes is averaging 11.1 points per game this season, which is lowest scoring output since he was with Golden State during the 2014-15 season. Barnes is coming off one of his best games of the season, though, pouring in 32 points on 10-of-20 shooting and knocking down four 3-pointers in the Kings win over the Hawks. That was only Barnes’ second double-digit performance in his last seven games and he’ll try to be that complimentary scorer against a Warriors defense that has struggled this season.
Jonathan Kuminga: The third-year power forward has made a jump this season for the Warriors and is putting up career-highs in points (13.9) and rebounds (4.4). Kaminga has now scored 20-plus points in four straight games and was one rebound shy of back-to-back double-doubles when he put up 25 points and nine boards in the win over the Hawks on Wednesday.
Kings vs. Warriors prediction and pick
This is the first of a seven-game road trip for Sacramento. The Kings are trying to put some recent road woes behind them, after losing three straight away contests over their four-game losing streak.
The Kings may have dropped four straight, but their final three losses in that stretch (Milwaukee, Phoenix and Indiana) were by a combined eight points. Sacramento is just 2-5 SU against the Warriors in the regular season since the start of last year, but the Kings should have a good matchup offensively against a Warriors’ defense that ranks 24th in the NBA in defensive rating.
Specifically, double-double machine Domantas Sabonis (20 points, 12.8 rebounds per game) has a great matchup as Golden State ranks just No. 22 in the league defending shots from 2-point range.
Sacramento has also put up an impressive 8-3 ATS record when they have a rest advantage. They’ve had three days since beating Atlanta at home and Golden State is finishing a back-to-back. Bet the Kings to cover the small number and even the season series at 2-2.
Game odds are updated periodically and are subject to change.