Knicks to knock off Kings for 11th straight win on Thursday

  • Go to BetOnline or Bovada for the latest odds on the Kings vs Knicks matchup
  • Sacramento is closing in on the 2nd seed in the Western Conference while New York sits in fifth in the East 
  • The TNT late game tips off from Golden 1 Center at 10:00pm ET on Thursday, March 9th

Thursday’s NBA nightcap features two of the hottest and most surprising teams in the league. The Sacramento Kings (38-26) have won six of seven contests coming out of the All-Star break while the New York Knicks (39-27) are riding a ten-game winning streak.

Can Tom Thibodeau’s squad keep their streak alive in sunny California? Before we break down the matchup, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 NBA Finals and our tips for betting on the NBA.

Kings vs Knicks

BetUS ReviewMoneylineSpreadTotal Points
New York Knicks+145+3.5 (-110)Over 236 (-110)
Sacramento Kings-165-3.5 (-110)Under 236 (-110)

Hard path for the Pelicans

The Knicks embark on a four-game Western road trip after taking care of business in the Eastern Conference. New York defeated the Celtics twice in seven days while squeezing in a victory over the Heat. Jalen Brunson missed Sunday’s 131-129 overtime win over Boston with a foot injury. But, the new favorite to win NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, Immanuel Quickley, filled in beautifully with a career-high 38 points.

Julius Randle also scored 43 over Miami last Friday, draining his eighth 3-pointer of the game at the buzzer to give his club a 122-120 victory. Tom Thibodeau’s deep, hard-working club is now 13 games over .500 for the first time in over a decade. 

Crowning the Kings

Sacramento sits only a half-game behind Memphis for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. A 138-134 loss to Minnesota on Saturday ended their five-game win streak, but the Kings rebounded with an easy W over the Pelicans on Monday. Domantas Sabonis recorded his eighth triple-double of the season in that one. And Kevin Huerter put up 25 points to make up for the absence of De’Aaron Fox.

The speedy 25-year-old point guard is averaging 25.5 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds this year. Keep an eye on the injury reports to make sure Fox’s hamstring injury won’t keep him out of Thursday’s contest. 

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Sacramento vs New York

The Knicks recorded a 112-99 home win over the Kings back in December with De’Aaron Fox out of the lineup. They’re tied with the Celtics for the best record away from home (20-12) in the league. And, with a 22-10 record (68.8%) against the spread, no team is better at covering on the road. Sacramento is 20-13 straight up at the Golden 1 Center, but they’ve covered only half the time at home (16-16-1).

Kings home games go OVER at the third-highest rate (65.6%) in the NBA. Meanwhile’s New York’s OVER percentage is 50% on the nose while away from Madison Square Garden.

Best Bet

New York is the top road team in the association and Sacramento is only average at home and could be missing a key piece in De’Aaron Fox. We like the Knicks to keep rolling on Thursday night with their 11th straight victory.

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