Boston and Sacramento have a lot in common heading into Tuesday’s Celtics at Kings betting matchup. Both teams are in the top three of their conference, with Boston (49-23) second in the East and the Kings (43-28) a surprising third seed in the West. Each team is also coming off a loss in Utah their last time out.
Sacramento is at home on Tuesday night (21-14) but they are also on the back-to-back after their 128-120 loss in Utah as -7 point favorites to start the week. Boston is a -4.5 favorite as they look to improve on their 23-14 road record.
Why Boston Can Cover -4.5 Points
One of the first advantages Boston has in the Celtics at Kings betting matchup is a fatigue edge, as they’ve had the last two nights off following Saturday’s 118-117 defeat to Utah. The loss to the Jazz came as -4.5 favorites, but Boston was also on the second leg of a back-to-back, winning 128-112 in Portland the night before to cover the -6.5 number.
The Kings burned up some minutes on Monday, with Domantas Sabonis logging 38 and De’Aaron Fox 36 to lead the way. Could Sacramento coach Mike Brown rest those players a bit as the Kings prepare for their first playoff appearance since the Mike Bibby days back in 2006?
Finally Boston has just been a matchup nightmare for the Kings, winning three straight in the head to head series. That includes two wins last season by more than 30 points and although this is a new look Sacramento team, the Celtics picked up a 122-104 victory back in November as Jayson Tatum went for 30 and Jaylen Brown added 25.
Why Sacramento Can Cover +4.5 Points
The Kings will have to show some resiliency playing on the back to back Tuesday, but they did just that last week, beating Brooklyn 101-96 a night after topping Chicago 117-114 with both games on the road. Sabonis had 24 points and a whopping 21 rebounds vs. the Nets in 38 minutes even after playing 40 in the win over Chicago as he claimed Western Conference Player of the Week honors.
Sacramento lost on Monday night, but they’ve done a good job of bouncing back from a defeat not losing two in a row since early February. The Kings have gone 5-0 ATS their last five following a SU loss and have gone 6-2 ATS in their last 8 overall.
Boston has had the last two nights off, but they’re also wrapping up a six game road trip that started back on March 11th. The Celtics could be anxious to get back to Bean Town while having the next two nights off, meanwhile the Kings are finally back at home themselves after playing five of their last six on the road. Sacramento is ready to be Beam Town, and light the beam for their hometown fans following a big win against an Eastern Conference elite
Free Celtics at Kings Betting Pick
61% of the betting public likes Boston in this spot, but is the -4.5 point spread a bit low and setting the bait considering the Kings are on the back to back while the Celtics have had the last two nights off? Sacramento has done a great job bouncing back after a loss lately, and catch a Boston team wrapping up a 10-day road trip and looking ahead to the trip back to the East Coast.
Free Pick: Kings +4.5