San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings Preview
This is the clash between the two teams who are looking to find their place among the top 8 teams in the Western Conference. The Kings are slightly ahead of the Spurs, but still, four wins away from the NBA playoff zone, and with a pressure to triumph in this one. On the other side, San Antonio doesn’t have some particular obligations in the remaining part of the season, especially after LaMarcus Aldridge’s withdrawal.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings Odds
How and Where to Watch San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings?
When: 8 pm ET July 31
Where: Visa Athletic Center, Orlando, Fla
How to Watch: NBC Sports California.
Spurs Trying to Make a Miracle
It isn’t a miracle to beat the Kings, but to reach the playoffs in the current situation is, and that is why we used this phrase in this subheading. Gregg Popovich’s team isn’t looking very convincing this year, and furthermore, they haven’t been playing very well during scrimmage games.
They defeated the Pacers in the last contest here, 118-111, but lost the previous two, against the injury-massacred Brooklyn Nets 124-119, and the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks, 113-92.
The Spurs are now 12th in the West with 27 wins and 36 defeats, far away from the 8th spot in the conference, held by the Memphis Grizzlies, 32-33.
What is the biggest problem for the guys from Texas is LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence, and the All-Star big man won’t be able to help his teammates in the upcoming period, as he decided to skip this part of the campaign and finish with all the surgeries.
Kings’ Last Chance
Sacramento is a bit better than their upcoming rivals, with 28 wins and 36 defeats, not giving up despite all the problems. They will play this one without Marvin Bagley III, who once again picked up an injury and will miss several games according to the sources from within the team.
Bagley’s health concerns have been pretty frustrating in recent times, and it seems that Vlade Divac made a terrible mistake when he picked the power forward over Luka Doncic or Trae Young back at the last year’s draft. Even though these guys haven’t been what the Kings looked for, trades after drafting could have helped them much more than Bagley did.
When looking at the games at the Orlando bubble, Kings posted one win and two losses. The failures came against the Miami Hear, 104-98, Milwaukee Bucks, 131-123 with the last contest ending in their favor, against the LA Clippers, 106-102.
Head to Head Games
Two games already took place during this campaign. The first was in San Antonio, and the Spurs won it after overtime, 105-104. Kings won the second one, 122-102, pretty easily and without any problems.
Kings’ win is set at -120, which is a great bargain for us. The Spurs are playing without their best player, who is the No.1 option in the attack and contributes a lot on the defensive side of the ball. We would suggest you to pick Sacramento’s victory in this match.