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The New York Knicks host the Sacramento Kings in a cross-conference game on Monday. New York is 23-27 overall and 12-14 at Madison Square Garden this season. Sacramento is 18-33 overall and 6-17 on the road, and the Kings have lost six straight games. Derrick Rose (ankle) is out for the Knicks. De’Aaron Fox (ankle) is listed as questionable for the Kings, with Terence Davis (wrist) and Marvin Bagley III (ankle) ruled out.

New York is listed as a 6.5-point favorite at home for this 7:30 p.m. ET tipoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over-under, is 212.5 in the latest Knicks vs. Kings odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Before making any Kings vs. Knicks picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 16 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 62-32 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,500. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Knicks vs. Kings, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Kings vs. Knicks:

  • Knicks vs. Kings spread: Knicks -6.5
  • Knicks vs. Kings over-under: 212.5 points
  • Knicks vs. Kings money line: Knicks -260, Kings +210
  • Sacramento: The Kings are 9-14 against the spread in road games
  • New York: The Knicks are 12-14 against the spread in home games
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Why the Kings can cover

The Kings boast real advantages on offense, and Sacramento should also benefit from New York’s shortcomings. Sacramento is in the top six of the NBA in free-throw attempts (22.2 per game) and points in the paint (48.6 per game). That illustrates an ability to attack the rim effectively, and the Kings are strongly above-average in offensive rebound rate (27.6 percent) and second-chance points (14.1 per game). 

Sacramento takes care of the ball, committing fewer than 14 turnovers per game, and the Kings are above-average in preventing free-throw attempts (20.9 per game) on defense. From there, New York is just No. 24 in the NBA in offensive rating, with bottom-five marks in field-goal percentage, 2-point percentage and assists per game. The Knicks also have weaknesses on defense, ranking No. 26 in the NBA in turnover creation and No. 23 in the NBA in 3-pointers allowed.

Why the Knicks can cover

New York should greatly benefit from Sacramento’s weakness on the defensive end. The Kings are second-worst in the NBA in defensive efficiency, giving up more than 114 points per 100 possessions this season. Sacramento is also No. 27 in field-goal percentage allowed, No. 27 in defensive rebound rate and No. 25 in turnover creation. The Kings also rank below the league average in myriad defensive categories, and the Knicks are equipped to take advantage. 

New York is potent on the offensive glass, securing 28.7 percent of available rebounds this season. That is a top-eight figure in the NBA, and the Knicks rank in the top five in second-chance points with 14.4 per game. New York is in the top 10 in 3-pointers per game, averaging 13.1 triples per contest, and the Knicks are above-average in 3-point accuracy, free-throw creation and turnover prevention on offense.

How to make Knicks vs. Kings picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 220 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Kings vs. Knicks? And which side of the spread hits 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  



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