The Sacramento Kings (10-7) face the Boston Celtics (14-4) Friday at TD Garden. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
The Kings suffered a 115-106 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, failing to cover as 4.5-point underdogs on the road. Sacramento was on a 7-game winning streak prior to the defeat.
The Celtics cruised to a 125-112 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday to cover as 5.5-point home favorites. Boston has won 9 of its last 10 games, with the team’s lone loss in that span coming to the Chicago Bulls Monday (121-107).
Kings at Celtics odds
- Moneyline (ML): Kings +280 (bet $100 to win $280) | Celtics -340 (bet $340 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Kings +7.5 (-105) | Celtics -7.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 237.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Kings at Celtics key injuries
- F Danilo Gallinari (knee) out
- C Robert Williams (knee) out
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Kings at Celtics picks and predictions
Celtics 116, Kings 110
Just go ahead and AVOID the moneyline in this game with the Celtics being heavily favored at home. Taking Boston (-340) straight up isn’t worth the risk considering the minimal return you’ll receive for a win.
KINGS +7.5 (-105) is an enticing wager with how Sacramento has been playing recently. C Domantas Sabonis could create issues down low for an undersized Celtics team, helping the Kings keep the game closer than expected.
The Kings are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 1 day of rest. Also, Sacramento is 5-2-1 ATS in its last 8 meetings with Boston.
Even though both of these teams have capable scorers UNDER 237.5 (-110) is where I’m leaning as the projected total seems to be a bit too high. Sacramento and Boston have a combined 18-15-2 record to the Over this season.
The Kings have hit the Under in 5 of their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record. On top of that, the Under has hit in 17 of the last 22 meetings between the Kings and the Celtics when the game takes place in Boston.