Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings: 1/2/2021 Matchup Betting Preview, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

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James Harden leads the Houston Rockets (1-2) against the Sacramento Kings (3-2) after scoring 33 points in a 122-119 win over the Kings. The Rockets are 5-point favorites in the matchup on Saturday, January 2, 2021, which tips at 5:00 PM ET on NBA TV. The point total is 234 in the matchup.

Betting Information

Rockets vs Kings Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Rockets -5 -105 -115 234 -110 -110
Place a bet on Houston Rockets or the Sacramento Kings for Saturday’s game.

Head to Head

After the last 10 head-to-head meetings, Houston has an 8-2 record against Sacramento.

Rockets vs Kings in 2020-21
Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
12/31/2020 Rockets Rockets -5.5 231.5 -220 179 Regular Season 122-119 HOU
8/9/2020 Rockets Kings -4.5 235.5 -194 161 Regular Season 129-112 HOU
12/23/2019 Rockets Kings -6 230 -244 195 Regular Season 113-104 HOU
12/9/2019 Rockets Rockets -12 225.5 -839 592 Regular Season 119-118 SAC
4/2/2019 Kings Regular Season 130-105 HOU
3/30/2019 Rockets Regular Season 119-108 HOU
2/6/2019 Kings Regular Season 127-101 HOU
11/17/2018 Rockets Regular Season 132-112 HOU
4/11/2018 Kings Regular Season 96-83 SAC
2/14/2018 Rockets Regular Season 100-91 HOU
  • 8/9/2020 DNP – Rockets: Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon Kings: Marvin Bagley III
  • 12/23/2019 DNP – Rockets: Eric Gordon; Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic
  • 12/9/2019 DNP – Rockets: Eric Gordon; Kings: De’Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III
  • Rockets Betting Information

    • Houston struggled against the spread, going 37-45-1 last year.
    • The Rockets struggled to cover, going just 20-25 ATS when favored by at least 5 points.
    • Houston more often than not combined with its adversaries to fall short of the total, doing so 32 times in 83 contests (38.6%).
    Bet on the Houston Rockets to win the NBA Championship.

    Kings Betting Information

    • Sacramento has a 4-1 record against the spread, covering in 80% of their matchups.
    • In most of Sacramento’s games this year, the teams have combined to hit the over (3 out of 5 games, 60%).
    Bet on the Sacramento Kings to win the NBA Championship.

    Over/Under Analysis

    • The Rockets and their opponents combined to score more than 234 points in 36.9% of their outings last season (31 of 84 opportunities).
    • Sacramento combined with its opponents to score more than 234 points in 21 of 72 outings (29.2%) last year.
    • The two teams averaged a combined 7.5 less points per game last season (226.5) than this matchup’s over/under of 234 points.
    • Opponents of these two teams averaged a combined 225.8 points per game last season, 8.2 fewer than the point total for this game.
    • The Rockets’ average point total in matchups last season was 230.1, 3.9 points below the over/under in this game.
    • Kings games last season averaged a total of 222.2 points, 11.8 less than the point total in this matchup.
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    Rockets Leaders

    • Harden put up 34.3 points per game last season and contributed 7.5 assists.
    • PJ Tucker grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game.
    • Harden was prolific from the three-point line a season ago, hitting 4.4 per game.
    • Harden collected 1.8 per game. Christian Wood averaged 0.9 blocks a game.

    Kings Leaders

    • De’Aaron Fox’s excellent performances this season give him the top spot on the Kings scoring and assists leaderboards with 20.6 points per game and 6.6 assists per game.
    • When it comes to rebounds, Richaun Holmes is the Sacramento leader with 9.4 per game.
    • Buddy Hield leads the Kings in shooting from beyond the arc, averaging 3.6 made threes per game.
    • Nobody on Sacramento grabs more steals than Fox (1.6 per game) or blocks more shots than Hassan Whiteside (1.0 per game).
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