Kings viewed as slight favorites over Spurs in NBA restart opener

Kings viewed as slight favorites over Spurs in NBA restart opener

Everyone from the Ringer to Altitude Sports have forgotten that the Kings are in the NBA’s Orlando bubble. The oddsmakers did not.

The Kings are a 2.5-point favorite over the San Antonio Spurs for their opener on Friday.

The two teams have split the season series, but Sacramento is 4-1 over San Antonio over the last two seasons, and the Spurs are without seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who will miss the restart after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder.

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Oddsmakers haven’t been kind to the Kings during the restart, listing them at a +50000 for winning the NBA championship and a +1100 of representing the Western Conference in the playoffs as the eighth seed.

Las Vegas has the Kings winning 3.5 games during the restart. The Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies also are predicted to win 3.5 games out of the eight during the seeding tournament leading up to the play-in game(s).

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The New Orleans Pelicans, who have the easiest schedule out of all of the teams battling for the final playoff spot, have a projected win total of 5.5.

If Sacramento has any chance of snapping their 13-season playoff drought, they’ll need to start off the tournament with a win over the Spurs. San Antonio has a 22-year playoff streak on the line, but they come into the eight-game restart a half-game behind the Pelicans, Trail Blazers and Kings in the race for the eighth seed.

Kings vs. Rockets live stream: How to watch NBA restart game online, on TV

Kings vs. Rockets live stream: How to watch NBA restart game online, on TV

The Kings have won just one out of their first five games in the NBA's Orlando bubble. And now, here comes James Harden and the Houston Rockets. 

Sunday is another must-win for Sacramento, and it won't be easy. 

Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has scored 62 points the past two games. But that only has resulted in one win. Buddy Hield's poor play has been a huge detriment to the Kings' playoff chances.

The sharpshooter left his shot in Sacramento. Hield is averaging just 11.8 points per game in Orlando while shooting 27.9 percent from beyond the arc.

The Kings will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss or a win from the Portland Trail Blazers.

Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Rockets online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Sunday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. PT (Kings Pregame Live starts at 4:30 p.m PT)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Luka Doncic's triple-double makes NBA history in Mavs' win over Bucks

Luka Doncic's triple-double makes NBA history in Mavs' win over Bucks

Another game, another insane, eye-popping stat line from Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic.

The 21-year-old Serbian put on a show Saturday night in the Mavericks' 136-132 overtime win over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in Orlando, Fla.

Doncic finished with a staggering 36 points, 19 assists and 14 rebounds. It was his 17th triple-double of the 2019-20 NBA season, and in the process, Doncic made history.

Just look at a few of the shots and passes Doncic made late in the Mavs' win over the Bucks. It looks like a varsity player going up against the JV team.

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Two years into Doncic's NBA career, it's safe to say the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks are kicking themselves for passing on the superstar. In the case of the Hawks, they actually drafted Doncic at No. 3 overall, but traded him to the Mavericks for Trae Young and a 2019 first-round draft pick, which they used on Cam Reddish.

The Suns drafted center DeAndre Ayton No. 1 overall, while the Kings infamously decided to take forward Marvin Bagley over Doncic at No. 2.

In hindsight, those three decisions are turning out to be franchise-altering. Ayton is averaging 17.2 points and 10.7 rebounds through two seasons, while Bagley has dealt with injuries and has played in 75 games his first two seasons. He's averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Neither has come close to making the type of impact Doncic has made.

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Young is an NBA All-Star and has the potential to be really good, but Doncic looks like he's on a different level right now. Even Young took notice of what Doncic did Saturday night.

Doncic isn't an MVP finalist this year, but it's only a matter of time before he's holding that trophy. He's getting better each year, and he's going to make the teams that passed on him pay for the next two decades.