The Houston Rockets continue their five-game road trip with Friday’s late game in Sacramento, and if you’re looking to do some last-minute betting research, you’re in luck! We have the latest point spread, money line odds and over/under number, as well as all the information you’ll need to make the smartest bets at Tipico Sportsbook.
The Rockets-Kings clash tips at 9:00 p.m. CST and can be viewed or streamed via AT&T SportsNet Southwest and NBA League Pass.
Fresh off a feel-good victory and gaining a completely healthy roster for the first time all season, Houston is looking to build momentum.
For the Rockets and Kings, it’s effectively a weekend series, with a rematch looming Sunday. Both teams snapped extended losing streaks with wins on Wednesday, with Houston emerging victorious at San Antonio and Sacramento winning at home over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Kings (17-27) are currently only a half-game back of Portland for the final spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament for the playoffs, so they should have plenty to play for. Meanwhile, the Rockets (12-31) — who are still last in the West — will start the process of re-integrating prized rookie Alperen Sengun into a developing rotation.
The 19-year-old big man, who was drafted at No. 16 overall in the 2021 first round, has missed nearly two weeks with an ankle sprain.
Rockets at Kings notable injuries
The Kings will be without Damian Jones and Robert Woodard II on Friday due to health and safety protocols. Tristan Thompson is questionable to play versus the Rockets with a non-COVID illness, while Richaun Holmes is questionable due to return to competition reconditioning.
For the first time all season, Houston’s injury report is empty.
Rockets-Kings game lines (Jan. 14)
Point spread: Kings -5.5
Money line: Rockets +170 / Kings -210
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Advice and prediction
The Kings have more to play for, being only a half-game out of the final Western Conference play-in spot, and they are also one of the teams whose direction could go either way as this season’s Feb. 10 trade deadline approaches. We’ll go with Sacramento at home to play with a higher sense of urgency, at least in game one of the weekend set. Houston hasn’t won two straight games in over a month.
Prediction: Kings 121, Rockets 113
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