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Kings Knicks Betting Predictions – Knicks And Kings Clash This Saturday In New York

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/31/2013 6:04:30 PM

The New York Knicks have Raymond Felton back in their lineup. They will try to make a strong push before the All-Star break as they host the Sacramento Kings.

Sacramento Kings @ New York Knicks – Saturday, February 2  
Sport betting line: No line

Why Sacramento Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball can throw in a surprising equivalent of a river card every now and then. Here's how Sacramento can surprise the Knicks: The youth and energy of the Kings' frontcourt can surprise anybody on any given night. This is especially true for a team like New York, which can be lacking in size in the low post due to old age and injuries. Tyson Chandler has held down the fort in the paint for the Knicks, but Amare Stoudemire has been an injury magnet in recent seasons, which has left this team vulnerable at times to a punishing low-post attack. Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins is the kind of player who can exploit an opponent that doesn't offer robust low-post defense. Chandler might very well be able to contain him, but Cousins is never an easy defensive assignment.

Another important point to make from a Sacramento perspective is that the Knicks represent a showcase opponent. Playing the Washington Wizards is one thing; facing the Knicks in Madison Square Garden offers a big stage and a prime-time moment for this young ballclub. The backdrop is something which makes this contest important for the Kings, because of the boost a victory would give them. A win here would set the tone going into the second half of the season… and into Seattle next year when the franchise relocates from its California home.

Why New York Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they will say that the Knicks should win. The main reason is this: The return of Raymond Felton has been felt more and more each game. The Knicks' offense has suffered without him, so now that he has been back in the lineup for more than a few games and is healthy, look for him to control the offense on the floor. The other major mental factor in this game is that the Knicks, after having one of the best starts of any team in the league, fell off the beam during the month of January, posting a record of only 7-6. Coach Mike Woodson is sure to make a push in February to get this team back on track. There is a sense of urgency for the Knicks right now.

The other thing that has to be said about this tilt is that it will be tough for Sacramento to win solely on the basis of fatigue. This contest is one of the middle games of a long six-game road trip. Those kinds of challenges are always difficult for younger and markedly less experienced teams such as Sacramento.

Who Will Win

In the end it is pretty easy to see that this young Sacramento Kings team, which might make the game interesting, will ultimately find this to be an uphill battle against the Knicks, who are getting healthier and enjoy a marked comfort zone on their home court in Madison Square Garden. Take New York here.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: New York


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