How can the Sacramento Kings hang on?

The Sacramento Kings have a win total of 44.5 (2023-02-21). Can they Kings end the playoff drought this season?

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The Sacramento Kings entered the All-Star break as the top team in the Pacific Division. However, the forces against them are enormous for the balance of the season. With just a one-game lead, how can Sacramento possibly hang on to the divisional lead to the end of the season, which looks miles away?

The LA Clippers revamped, the LA Lakers revamped, and the Phoenix Suns revamped. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are the defending NBA champions and have proven their doubters wrong so many times over the years that you can never count them out. How can Sacramento, who has a win total of 44.5 (bet365), possibly hang on to the divisional lead?

If they are to do it, then they will no doubt have to improve on their losing form from the last month. Sacramento went 6-7 since January 20th. Anything mediocre and you have to think that at least one team of the juggernauts in the Pacific Division will overtake Sacramento.

Sacramento Kings: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 26 – 18 on January 20th, 2023
  • Currently: 32 – 25 (overall)
  • Recent form: 6 – 7 since January 20th, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: 46.15%

The Kings have 25 games remaining. Their injury situation is not complex: Malik Monk, their best bench player, is out and will be looked at again soon.

The Kings’ win total need not be the main plot for bettors. They were, after all, set at 33.5 to open the season with bet365. They are going to beat that for sure. The divisional race looks futile but those, the few, that backed the Kings preseason or early season at 150 to 1 have to be crossing their fingers that something aligns for them.

The big story with these Sacramento Kings is if they will end the playoff drought. The Kings didn’t exactly load up like so many other teams around them. However, you can make the NBA playoffs on the strength of other parts of the regular season besides the ending.

The Kings are 7 games over .500 and there are only 25 games left. That’s not what Sacramento teams have looked like in the recent past. If they can go just 1-2 games below .500, say 12-13 for the balance of the season, then 44 wins might do the trick for this team to get into the post-season, if only via the play-in tournament. That said, Sacramento’s best basketball will likely lead to a first-round exit.

Sacramento Kings: Looking Ahead

  • Games remaining (regular season): 25
  • Minimum overall record needed for OVER to hit: 45 – 37
  • Summary: Sacramento needs 13 wins in their remaining schedule to beat their win total

Further reading: NBA Power Rankings

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