A seven-game slate in the NBA on Monday, January 23, will conclude with this conference encounter in Sacramento, and here you can read the best Grizzlies vs. Kings betting pick and odds.
Memphis is looking to avoid the third straight loss when they visit Sacramento at Golden 1 Center. The Grizzlies are slight 1-point favorites on Bovada Sportsbook, while the total is set at 244 points. These conference rivals will meet for the fourth time this season; the Grizzlies lead the series 2-1.
Grizzlies couldn’t make a comeback in Phoenix
The Memphis Grizzlies (31-15, 22-23-1 ATS) fell short of the Phoenix Suns on the road despite scoring even 73 points in the second half and allowing just 50. The Grizzlies displayed a horrible performance in the first 24 minutes and scored miserable 37 points, so even though they were much better after the interval, there wasn’t enough time to complete a comeback. Memphis trailed by 29 at one point in the second half and lost 112-110 in the end. The Grizzlies lost the second game of their five-game road trip; a previous defeat to the Lakers was also a one-possession game.
Ja Morant led Memphis in a loss to Phoenix with 27 points, team-high eight assists, and five rebounds. Desmond Bane followed him with 24 points, eight boards, and six dishes, Ziaire Williams had 16 points and five rebounds, while Steven Adams posted a double-double of ten points and game-high 16 boards along with a game-high three steals.
SG Danny Green is recovering from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, but he is likely to return by the 2022-23 All-Star break.
Kings fell short of the 76ers at home
The Sacramento Kings (26-19, 25-19-1 ATS) were on a six-game winning streak and they opened a four-game homestay with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder but fell short of the Philadelphia 76ers in the very next game. The Kings were up by 21 late in the first half but lost the third quarter by 16 and didn’t have enough luck in the end. Harrison Barnes missed two of three free throws in the dying seconds, while Domantas Sabonis missed a tip shot which would force overtime as the Kings lost 129-127. Sacramento was very good from the field (54.8%) but lost the rebounding battle as the Sixers dominated the glass (46-29).
De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 31 points, nine assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Harrison Barnes added 27 points and four boards, Kevin Huerter scored 23 with game-high three thefts, while Domantas Sabonis flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 16 points, game-high ten dimes, and game-high nine rebounds.
PF Chimezie Metu exited the last contest with a bone bruise on his left leg, and it is unknown if he will take on the Grizzlies on Monday.
- 2-6 ATS in the last eight games overall
- 3-9 ATS in the last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven games overall
- 10-3 ATS in the last 13 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game
- 5-0 ATS in the last five games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Sacramento Kings Pick
The Grizzlies burned a lot of energy in the second half against Phoenix and I am not sure whether they’ll be able to cope with the Kings in the second game of a back-to-back set. I wouldn’t be surprised if head coach Monty Williams opts to rest some of his starters in order to avoid accumulated fatigue and potential injuries. It’s going to be a close encounter in any case, but I am giving a slight advantage to the hosts. Sacramento has the best offense in the NBA that scores 120.0 points per game, and given the Kings are fresher and had more time to prepare for this tilt, I am backing them to cover.
Pick: Take the Kings at +2.5 (-130)
I mentioned Sacramento’s league-best offense, but it’s vital to note that the Grizzlies also have one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA. Memphis has the third-best offense that averages 117.6 ppg, and both teams are among the top 10 when it comes to offensive rating, so I expect to see a lot of baskets here. Memphis will surely feel heavy legs late in the game after playing on Sunday against Phoenix, and the Grizzlies’ defense will give up some easy points. Over is 5-1 in the last six H2H meetings in Sacramento; Over is 8-2 in the Grizzlies’ previous ten overall, while Over is 16-5-1 in the Kings’ last 22 home games.
Pick: Go Over 241.5 points (-130)