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Rockets vs. Kings 2023 NBA Odds and Preview – January 11th

By Jeff Stinger

The Houston Rockets are in a rut with seven consecutive losses before back-to-back road games with the Kings starting Wednesday night. This is their first two meetings of the season and draws plenty of question marks. The Rockets are on multiple poor performances while the Kings ride an upward trend. Sacramento won four of their last seven games and are looking solid ahead of a 25-point win over the Magic in their most recent outing. We expect heated battles between a desperate Rockets squad and an improved Kings team in this one.

Nitrobetting shares the latest news, NBA odds, and special features throughout the 2022-23 NBA season. Let’s get a closer look at the upcoming Rockets vs. Kings face-off in this preview.

Rockets vs. Kings Game Information

  • When: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Radio: 107.5FM The Fan (Rockets) // 98.7 FM ESPN New York (Kings)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Odds: Rockets (+9.5) // Kings (-9.5)

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Why Bet on the Houston Rockets?

The Rockets are not in the best position right now. They are in a losing slump and in dire need of some morale. The best way to do this is to grab a road win and one against a team on the rise. This should do head coach Stephen Silas and company some good moving forward. Houston’s depth chart looks good ahead of the game, which means there’s no shortage of help on the starting lineup and from the bench.

Defensively, the squad holds opponents to 115.9 points per game on 47.3% shooting. They do particularly well on the rebounding end and collect 56.2 boards per game. It’s the fourth-best record in the league right now and is headlined by Alperen Sengun, who averages 8.61 rebounds per game.

The offensive end is taken care of by Jalen Green who averages 21.20 points per game. Kevin Porter Jr. is not far off with 19.54 points per game in 39 appearances, while Alperen Sengun logs 14.58 points per game. As a team, the Rockets average 109.1 points per game on 44.3% shooting.

Why Bet on the Sacramento Kings?

The hosts look healthy ahead of their next matchup. Both top scorers, featuring De’Aaron Fox (23.81 PPG) and Domantas Sabonis (18.71 PPG) are locked and loaded, while Kevin Huerter and Harrison Barnes are ready to provide production on both ends of the floor.

As for the Kings’ overall stats, they do exceptionally well and lead the league in points per game. Sacramento averages 118.8 points per game on a fourth-best 49.0% shooting. They manage to snag a top-one two-point shooting percentage and hit 58.3% of their shots from short and mid-range. While their production beyond the arc is reasonable at 36.2%, the Western Conference side does most of the damage in the paint with an average of 51.2 points-in-the-paint per game.

Sacramento might not have the best defense but should have enough to keep the Rockets under pressure. The Kings keep their opponents within 117.1 points per game on 49.0% shooting. They collect 49.8 total rebounds per game with Sabonis topping the team at 12.37 boards per game.

Rockets vs. Kings Betting Trends

  • The Rockets are 2-5 in the last seven road contests (2-5 ATS).
  • The Rockets are 5-5 in the last five contests against the Kings (4-6 ATS).
  • The totals went over in four of the Rockets’ last ten games.
  • The Kings are 3-2 in the last five games at Golden 1 Center (1-4 ATS).
  • The Kings are 2-3 in the last five home games against the Rockets (2-3 ATS).
  • The totals went under in four of the Kings’ last ten home games.

Rockets vs. Kings Expert Betting Prediction

The Kings are the overwhelming favorites in this clash. They have more consistent results and a better roster overall. It’s easy to lean toward Sacramento with the home advantage on their end. They’ve shown signs of life in recent weeks and are getting elite-level play from their starters. In hindsight, the Rockets faced multiple issues closing games. We usually see the side start strong and fall short in the final half. Nevertheless, it’s not to say that they can’t cover the spread here. With numbers like that, they should be within arm’s reach of covering. But, a win could be a tall order for a young core side with trivial experience.

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