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Pick against the spread, best player prop for Kings vs. Suns on Thursday

We go over some of the best betting options for Thursday’s matchup between the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.

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The hottest team in the league, the Phoenix Suns (39-15), will host the Sacramento Kings (22-33) tonight in hopes of inching closer on the gap between themselves and the first-place Utah Jazz. The Suns have only lost once in their last 10 games — a 113-103 loss to the Clippers — but they have been trouncing the rest of their opponents otherwise. Their last loss before the Clippers came on March 24 in a 112-111 nail-biter against the Orlando Magic. The Kings are in an opposite situation, currently riding an eight-game losing streak while sitting a full five games behind the 10th place spot.

Kings vs. Suns, 10:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass

Pick ATS: Suns -12.5

Even with such a big spread to cover, it’s hard to imagine that the Suns won’t just come out and blow the Kings out of the water. Sacramento has the league’s worst defense and won’t be expected to have a chance at stopping the Suns’ fifth-best offense. On top of that, the Suns are a fully healthy team, minus Abdel Nader (knee), who can generally contribute double-digit points once in a while. The Kings will be without Richaun Holmes (hamstring) and Marvin Bagley III (hand).

Devin Booker and Chris Paul have been virtually unstoppable this season, especially lately, as Booker has averaged 27.1 points per game while Paul has averaged 15 points and 9.1 assists per game in April. In addition, Phoenix is 35-19 against the spread this season, good for the best ATS record in the league. They’re also tied for the fourth-best home team in the league with a record of 22-8. It just seems implausible for Sacramento to have much of a shot at even covering the spread, much less pulling off a win in Phoenix tonight.

Player Prop: DeAndre Ayton O17.5 points (-113)

Ayton has been averaging 17.6 points per game in April, which is a full 2.6 points ahead of his season average. He’s only scored less than 18 points twice in that stretch, while putting in a 27-point performance against the Rockets earlier this month. He should have no trouble getting this one done especially against a defense as poor as Sacramento’s.

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