- What: Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
- Location: Fiserv Arena in Milwaukee, WI
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: Bally Sports WI, NBCSCA, NBA League Pass
We are closing in on the midpoint of Week 8 of the 2022-23 NBA Season and with 22 games played, the Sacramento Kings are set to make a significant improvement over their finish in the 2022 season. Last year, the Kings had a 30-52 record and missed the NBA playoffs. This year, Sacramento has a 13-9 record, but the team faces an enormous test tonight in facing the perennial Eastern Conference powerhouse, the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, who won the NBA Title in 2021, are 17-6 on the 2022-23 NBA season and in second place in the Eastern Conference. Sacramento is in fifth place in the West heading into tonight’s game in Milwaukee.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s NBA matchup between the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 NBA Finals and our tips for betting on the NBA.
Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks picks – December 7, 2022
Sacramento Kings breakdown
The Kings started the 2023 NBA season poorly. Sacramento opened the season with four straight losses. By November 7, the club had picked up three wins, but they were still 3-6 on the year. Then, starting with a November 9 home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Kings went on a seven-game winning streak. That run ended with three consecutive setbacks, but the team is once again on the right track. Heading into tonight’s matchup, the Kings are on a three-game winning streak and coming off a 110-101 win at home.
The Kings are a .500 team on the road, with a 5-5 record. Sacramento is the third highest-scoring team on the road, averaging 115.2 points per game. However, the squad is in the middle of the pack when it comes to scoring defense, giving up an average of 114.3 points per game. That slim margin of .9 points doesn’t give the Kings a lot of room for error.
De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis are the leaders on the Kings. Fox leads the team in points per game (23.1) and steals (1.1), while Sabonis is tops on the club in rebounds (11), assists (6.5) and minutes (32). He also contributes 16.7 points per game.
Milwaukee Bucks breakdon
The Milwaukee Bucks opened the season with an unbeaten run that lasted from October 20 through November 5. The team was victorious in nine straight games. Milwaukee has been up and down since that run ended, but they seem to be on the right track as of late with a 6-1 run in their past seven outings. The Bucks are coming off a 109-102 road win over the Orlando Magic.
As has been the case for the past several seasons, the Bucks go as Giannis Antetokounmpo goes and so far this season, Giannas has been his usual dominating self. Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring with 31.9 points per game and 11.3 rebounds on 32.9 minutes played. Jrue Holiday, who is second in scoring with 18.3 points per game, is the team leader in assists (7.5) and steals (1.6), while Brook Lopez, who is the team’s third-highest scorer (15.3) is the leader in blocks with 3.0.
The Bucks have been good at scoring at home, averaging 116.6 points per game. As for allowing the visiting team to score inside their building, Milwaukee has been above average, holding their opponents to an average of 108.4 points per game.
While the Sacramento Kings have made some strides over last year, they are still not at the level of the Milwaukee Bucks as a complete team. The best bet in this game is to go with the Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee Bucks to win at home.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks to beat Sacramento Kings.
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