Basketball gambling favorites the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, January 25th at Quicken Loans Arena. The NBA online betting odds for that game will become available at SBG Global sportsbook soon.
The Kings snapped a five-game winning streak – that started precisely against the Cavs – with a 109-104 home win over the Pistons on Monday. Sacramento was behind 10 points at the end of the first quarter but managed to outscore Detroit by 13 points in the second and leave for halftime with a three-point lead. Ty Lawson scored nine of his 19 points in the second quarter. DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds, though according to Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, “he didn’t have a great night.” Huh. Guess double-doubles are for losers. Compared to the 42 points Cousins had against the Bulls a couple of nights prior, yes, 22 points are modest. But the Kings lost to Chicago and beat Detroit, and Ws and Ls are what matters. Though truth be told, Cousins has no choice but to take an even more active offensive role to make up for the 18.7 points per game Rudy Game won’t be scoring for the rest of the season. the small forward season-ending torn left Achilles tendon surely dealt a blow to Sacramento’s basketball gambling chances, and the win against the Pistons may have been just a short reprieve before more heartache. Coincidentally, Detroit was the last team the Kings defeated before going on the five-game skid mentioned above.
It goes without saying, but the Cavs are invariably the NBA online betting odds-on favorites in most of their games. Exceptions include the Spurs, as on Saturday. There is also the rare basketball gambling-defying upset, as on Monday’s 122-124 loss to the Pelicans. Actually, Cleveland started the New Year on the wrong foot, going 5-6 so far in January and losing five of their last seven games. Like LeBron James said following loss to New Orleans, “we’re not better than last year, from a personnel standpoint.” The King has been very vocal about the need for a playmaking point guard to relieve some of the burden himself and Kyrie Irving are shouldering. “It’s great to have bodies,” James said. “It’s tough when you don’t have bodies.” Like the Spurs. “They’ve got bodies.” And while the King is aware that playmakers are not a dime dozen, “like you can go outside and see trees,” (though sometime a body meet a body coming through the rye) he did mentioned Raymond Felton and Michael Beasley as valuable players the Cavs could have gotten in free agency. Meanwhile, Kay Felder and DeAndre Liggins are still too green to be that missing piece of the puzzles. And speaking of pieces, the Cavs don’t have an awful lot of moveable pieces to trade for that vaunted playmaker. All things considered, Cleveland had best just go out and win if only to try to appease James. It’s good to be the King, but NBA online betting odds will only favor royalty for so long.