Kings vs. Trail Blazers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 23 (Portland Puts Up a Fight in Sacramento)

Larry Rupp
Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Sacramento Kings vs Portland Trail Blazers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Rick Scuteri

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Golden 1 Center -- Sacramento, California
  • Coverage: NBCS-CA and ROOT Sports NW+

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Thursday with nine more games, including a battle between the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings. The Trail Blazers rank 12th in the Western Conference with a 28-30 record, while the Kings check in third with a 32-25 record. This should be a good one.

Portland enters as a loser in four of its last six games following a 126-101 loss to the Washington Wizards on Feb. 14. Meanwhile, Sacramento has won three of its last five games, but fell short in a 120-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Feb. 14. Which squad will get back on track with a win tonight?

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: SAC: (-260) | POR: (+215)
  • Spread: SAC: -6.5 (-110) | POR: +6.5 (-110)
  • Total: 241.5 -- Over: (-112) | Under: (-108)

The Kings enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 241.5 points, which ranks as the highest of Thursday's projected totals.

Kings vs Trail Blazers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Kings -5 - - - - - -215 180

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Kings vs. Trail Blazers Betting Trends

  • The Kings won 39 games against the spread last season, while failing to cover or pushing 43 times.
  • The Trail Blazers went 13-23-1 as underdogs of 5 points or more last season.
  • Last season, 43 Kings games went over the point total.
  • The Trail Blazers had 36 of their 82 games hit the over last year.

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Prediction & Pick

The Kings may feel underrated as the current No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, but they are being overlooked for good reason. Sacramento has allowed opponents to shoot 36.7% from three point range (No. 22 in NBA) and ranks all the way down at 24th when it comes to defensive efficiency.

That kind of defense leaves the Kings vulnerable when a great offense comes to town. Portland ranks fourth in offensive efficiency and is averaging a reliable 114.9 points per game this season (No. 12 in NBA). Damian Lillard and Jerami Grant have clear opportunities to ball out on Thursday night.

Portland has won five of its last seven games against Sacramento, so back the Trail Blazers in an upset.

Final Score Prediction: Kings: 118 | Trail Blazers: 121

Kings vs. Trail Blazers Best Bet

Bettors may be hesitant to back a +215 moneyline underdog, but that shouldn't stop them from backing the Trail Blazers on the spread. Portland is 6-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine away games against Sacramento and beat the Kings 115-108 at the Golden 1 Center back in October.

Sacramento is only 2-5 ATS in its last seven game overall and has lost six of its last eight games on a Thursday outright. Both the Kings and Trail Blazers get to the free throw line with regularity and force minimal turnovers. When two teams lineup similarly on each end, it's always best to take the points.

Bet: Portland Trail Blazers +6.5 (-110)

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