[7:30 PM] Kings @ Knicks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Sacramento Kings (7-12)

@ New York Knicks (10-9)


Sacramento is 3-6 over its last nine games but only one of those losses was by double figures, including a 97-92 setback at Boston on Friday.

The Knicks pulled above .500 at 10-9 with a 118-114 win at home on Friday that featured 29 points from Carmelo Anthony. The All-Star forward was locked in a shooting slump until burying the game-winning jumper in Wednesday’s 106-104 win over the Timberwolves, and he knocked down five 3-pointers on Friday.

Sacramento shot 37.9 percent from the field in Friday’s loss, including 6-of-26 from 3-point range. Cousins went 10-of-26 from the floor on Friday and finished with 28 points to end a string of four straight games scoring over 30.

New York signed center Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million free-agent contract over the summer but is so far receiving a disappointing return on investment that includes averages of four points and 8.1 rebounds in 15 games. Noah sat out the last two games with an injured left ankle, giving Kyle O’Quinn the chance to take his place in the middle. O’Quinn delivered two points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes on Wednesday but exploded for season highs of 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and 13 boards in Friday’s game and told reporters afterward that he has “a chip on my shoulder” and is looking for more.

Sacramento took both meetings last season by a total of 10 points.


StreakSmarts Pick: New York Knicks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick