After losing in the In-Season Tournament quarterfinals, the Sacramento Kings (11-8) will meet the Phoenix Suns (12-9) Friday evening in a matchup of playoff hopefuls. The Kings won three of their last four games prior to the In-Season Tournament loss, while the Suns lost two of three before falling to the Lakers Tuesday in tournament play.
Chris Duarte is listed as questionable for the Kings, while Alex Len and Colby Jones are out. The Suns will be without Kevin Durant, who is dealing with an ankle injury. Bradley Beal and Damion Lee remain out for Phoenix, while Grayson Allen has also been ruled out with a groin injury.
The Kings are 2-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 235. Sacramento is -130 on the moneyline while Phoenix is +110.
Kings vs. Suns, 9 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Kings -2
Durant missed two games recently against the Knicks and Grizzlies, with the Suns winning both contests. These teams are fairly even against the number, with the Kings sitting at 10-9 ATS while the Suns are 9-11-1 ATS. Sacramento is 6-4 ATS on the road, while Phoenix is 4-6 ATS at home. The Suns have proven they can take care of business even if Durant is out, but the Kings might have too much balance and firepower to handle. Take Sacramento to get a road victory Friday evening.
Over/Under: Over 235
The Kings rank ninth points per game at 116.5, while the Suns are in 11th at 115.5. Sacramento’s over/under record isn’t great at 11-8, but that’s largely because the books have pitched their totals higher in anticipation of last year’s offensive success. The Suns are 14-7 to overs, and 1-1 on overs in the two games without Durant. This is a decent number but both teams have proven they can score at will. Take the over in this contest.