Free NBA Picks Today: Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings 3/16/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Brooklyn Nets vs Sacramento Kings 3/16/23
Thu 16th March 2023

The Brooklyn Nets (39-30, 19-12 Home) will try to slow down the league’s top scoring team when they host the Sacramento Kings (41-27, 20-13 Away) on Thursday. Sacramento is playing on back-to-back days after edging past the Chicago Bulls 117-114 at United Center yesterday, their fifth win in a row away from home.

De’Aaron Fox was the standout player with 32 points. The Kings are the third seed in the Western Conference. Brooklyn fell short on Tuesday at Paycom Center, falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-107. Mikal Bridges had 34 points and four blocks in the loss to lead the team. The Nets are sixth in the Eastern Conference.

This is the final meeting of the season between the teams. Sacramento will be pursuing a season sweep against Brooklyn after earning the win in the only prior matchup 153-121 at Golden 1 Center in November 2022. Terence Davis led the Kings with 31 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Durant had 27 points and six assists in defeat.

Fox is averaging 25.6 points per game to lead the Kings in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Domantas Sabonis is contributing 12.4 rebounds, most in the league, and 7.2 assists per game.

Nic Claxton and Cam Thomas have been the primary providers of the Nets’ offense, averaging 12.4 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Claxton also has averaged 9.1 rebounds per game.

Royce O’Neale has recorded 3.7 assists per game. The Kings are the highest-scoring offense in the league with 121.2 points per game. The Kings have struggled in recent games at Barclays Center, losing eight of the last 10. Meanwhile, the Kings are 6-5 this season when playing the second of a back-to-back and 4-4 with a rest disadvantage.

The Nets are 3-3 with a rest advantage.In the last 10 games, Sacramento is 8-2 with an average margin of +3.6 (129.9-126.3). For the season, the Kings are averaging 121.2 points per game, compared to 118.5 for opponents. Brooklyn has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 115.8 points per game on average while scoring only 115.0 (-0.8 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Trey Lyles: 20.0 | 12.8 | +7.2
Terence Davis: 2.3 | 10.0 | -7.7
Assists per game:
Domantas Sabonis: 10.0 | 7.2 | +2.8
De’Aaron Fox: 4.3 | 6.2 | -1.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Spencer Dinwiddie: 35.3 | 26.9 | +8.3
Cam Thomas: 8.7 | 13.8 | -5.1
Points per game:
Mikal Bridges: 26.6 | 19.0 | +7.6
Cam Thomas: 7.3 | 10.6 | -3.3
Rebounds per game:
Royce O’Neale: 9.3 | 5.0 | +4.2
Dorian Finney-Smith: 3.4 | 4.8 | -1.4
Assists per game:
Spencer Dinwiddie: 10.5 | 5.8 | +4.7
Royce O’Neale: 2.8 | 3.7 | -1.0

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Sacramento Kings (+115)

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