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The Sacramento Kings (12-18SU, 13-17ATS) take their losing record across the country to face the surging Brooklyn Nets (20-12SU, 16-16ATS) tonight.
The Nets have reeled off six straight victories including an impressive win over the Clippers on Sunday. After winning 7 of 8, the Kings have now dropped their last seven.
One of those losses came in a high-scoring defeat to Brooklyn as the Nets ran out 136-125 winners. Kyrie Irving put up 40 points and his performances have continued to be absolutely elite in recent games, laying on 31 assists in five appearances during the winning run.
Harden and Irving have combined for 269 points in the five games they've feature together, and things only get better when Durant is on the floor, so even though this Brooklyn team plays little defence, you can see they're a title contender.
The Sacramento Kings never felt like a playoff team coming in to this season but at 12-18 and the ability to put a run together, they're not entirely out of the question for the final spot.
During their winning run, they held teams to between 94 and 114 points, with the exception of the Raptors. During this seven game skid they've allowed an average of 124 with the Bucks and Nets in particular exploiting their inefficiency.
It was just over a week ago that Brooklyn covered the spread in style despite giving up 125 points. The teams combined for 261 points and tonight's spread sees Brooklyn as an -8 favourite with the total currently at 241. This is potentially a game where you can't set the number high enough.
The way the Nets score combined with the way the Kings are giving away points right now, there seems to be little doubt Brooklyn can breach 125 or better. But defensively, they are showing signs of life. They've held two teams below 100 and limited the Clippers to 108 last time out.
The outcome of this game depends on a couple of things. Which Sacramento turns up? With three days rest and an easier back-to-back against NY and Detroit to come this week, have they already checked out tonight another day?
And which Nets defence turns up? Despite their losing run, Sacramento have scored between 110 and 125 in their last 11 games. It's very likely these teams shoot the lights out and make a mockery of the total (maybe that's a free tip?) but who covers the point spread is a less straightforward scenario.