The Sacramento Kings finally snapped a 17-year playoff drought, claiming the third-seed in the West last season. They took the Golden State Warriors to seven games in the first round, eventually losing as Stephen Curry put up a 50-point Game 7 performance for the ages. Kings odds to win the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history are listed at +5000.
De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis proved to be a lethal combination in Sacramento. Fox made his first All-Star appearance, Sabonis his third. Fox also won the NBA’s inaugural Jerry West Clutch Player of the Year Award, and both made the All-NBA third team.
The Kings have also surrounded their two stars with heaps of young talent. Most notably, second-year man Keegan Murray, who dominated all three of his Summer League games following an impressive rookie campaign.
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Additions: Chris Duarte (trade), Colby Jones (draft), Nerlens Noel (signed)
Subtractions: Terrence Davis, P.J. Dozier (free agent), Richaun Holmes (trade), Chimezie Metu (free agent), Neemias Queta (free agent)
Here is the current roster for the Kings.
Kings 2023-24 Schedule
The Kings have opened the 2023-24 regular season. Here is Sacramento’s complete schedule.
Who are the best players on the Sacramento Kings?
De’Aaron Fox: Sacramento selected Fox with the fifth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The speedy guard out of Kentucky struggled with his shot in his first five seasons, connecting on just 45% from the field and 32% from deep. His numbers during that time are actually impressive considering his inability to score away from the basket.
Fox was a borderline All-Star for three straight years coming into this season. Even just a slight uptick in his shooting percentages would’ve likely garnered him at least a couple more points per game to earn him an invite.
This season, he finally made his way to the All-Star game as a reserve. It’s no coincidence he’s having his best year shooting the ball from deep en route to a career-year in scoring as well.
Just as important for Fox has been his ability to hit a mid-range jumper. He’s scoring 13% of his points off of mid-range shots, good for top 20 among players who have played at least 50 games this season.
Fox is also leading the way to win the first-ever Jerry West Award for the player who performs the best during clutch time.
The NBA defines “clutch time” as any period over the last five minutes of the game in which either team leads by five points or less.
Of any player who has played at least 25 games with clutch situations, Fox is scoring a league-best five points per game in those situations on 54% shooting. He’s been the clear go-to player for Sacramento with 3.5 field goal attempts, also tops in the NBA.
His solid play at the end of games has been infectious as well. The Kings lead the league in team offensive rating in the clutch by a wide margin. Their 128.8 offensive rating is 11 points per 100 possessions better than the Jazz who have the second-best offensive rating.
For comparison, that’s the same gap between the Jazz and the Washington Wizards, who have the 24th-best clutch offensive rating.
Domantas Sabonis: Might be the best passing big man of all time if Nikola Jokic had never been born. His 7.3 assists per game this season are a career-high and the seventh-most of any center in NBA history.
He now owns two of the top-ten seasons with the most assists per game by a center. The other eight spots belong to Jokic (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (three).
Sabonis came to Sacramento last season via the trade that sent Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to Indiana. The Pacers could never figure out how to play him and Myles Turner at the same time and rather than pay Domantas big money, the team decided to get the most valuable asset possible in return.
In the rare case of a trade that worked out for both teams, Haliburton was an All-Star in his first season with the Pacers.
Sabonis was also an All-Star this season. He’s putting up career highs in points, rebounds, assists, field goal percentage (a ridiculous 61%, second behind only Joker amongst players with at least 10 field goal attempts per game), and free throws made.
Now in his ninth season, Sabonis looks like he will earn himself a max contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2023-24 season.
Unless of course Sacramento wants to pay that man his money before then.
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Kings 2022-23 season recap
After a 3-6 start to the season, the Kings rattled off seven straight victories to climb out of the cellar.
During the win streak, they put the league on notice by beating the Cavaliers, Lakers, Warriors, Nets (when they still had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant) and Grizzlies.
The team’s projected win total before the season began was around 33 victories at most books. On February 24, the Kings cruised past that total while in the midst of a five-game win streak.
With +450 preseason odds to make the playoffs, Sacramento rewarded its true believers by securing a playoff spot on March 29. It will be the city’s first playoff-berth since 2006, ending the longest postseason drought of any team playing in one of the four major American sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).
Apologies to the New York Jets and Buffalo Sabres who are now tied for first, having missed the NFL and NHL postseasons respectively for 11 straight years. The Sabres will actually own that unwanted title outright when they miss the NHL playoffs this season for the twelfth straight time.
Even more incredibly, the Kings won the Pacific Division for the first time since 2003. It’s a division that includes the last two teams to represent the West in the Finals, the Warriors and Suns, and the star-studded Clippers with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
The preseason odds for the Kings to win the Pacific were 500-1. That means a $100 bet on the Kings to win the division before the season started would net you $50,000 in profit.
How to bet on the Kings
A winning bet on the moneyline is determined by which team wins the game outright. Let’s use an example with the Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.
The negative number on the Kings moneyline (-140) indicates oddsmakers have them listed as favored to win. It would take a $140 wager to win $100 profit, plus the $140 originally posted for the bet. A $100 on the Spurs would net $175 in profit if they can pull off the upset.
The point spread considers the margin of victory rather than just which team is victorious. Take the below point spreads in a game between the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns:
Kings +4.5 (-115)
Suns -4.5 (-115)
The Suns are favored by 4.5 points, indicated by the “-4.5.” They need to win by at least five points to cover the point spread and win the bet. As underdogs, the Kings can lose by up to four points or win the game for a bet on them to hit.
The (-115) odds listed next to each team’s point spread show the return on a correct bet in American Odds. Both teams have the same -115 odds so a $115 bet on the winning team pays the bettor $100, plus the $115 wagered. A $100 bet on the would earn the bettor $86.96 plus the initial wager if it hits.
Point Total (Over/Under)
A bet on the point total is determined by the combined number of points scored by both teams. Sportsbooks will provide a set number to allow bettors to choose whether the final combined scores of each team will be higher or lower than that number.
If the point total in a game between the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers is set at 235 points and ends with a final score of 125-120, bettors who selected the over would win.
Betting on games while they’re in-play is known as live betting, which can be a fruitful strategy for those who prepare ahead of time. Take a game that has the Kings favored at -250 on the moneyline in their matchup with the Golden State Warriors who are +200 on the moneyline. A $100 bet on the Kings before the game starts would only make a $40 profit.
You also know that the Kings often start slowly when they play at home and there’s a good chance the Warriors are able to keep things close early in the game. Using that info, you could hold on to your bet until the game is in motion to see if the odds on the Kings moneyline shift in your favor.
If the Warriors come out firing and claim an early lead, oddsmakers will move the line to reflect the current score, increasing the value of a bet on the Kings to win, upping your profits on a correctly (and well-timed) bet.
Live betting is also where “hedging” your bets can come into play, a tactic by bettors where they make one bet before the game starts and then an opposing bet while the game is live as a way to recoup their potential losses. Let’s say you bet on Sacramento (+180 underdogs) to win a game against the Chicago Bulls (-200 favorites), but at halftime the Kings are down by 10 points. The live odds for a moneyline bet on the Bulls now only pays you back one-third of your money, or -300. By giving up on the Kings and betting on the Bulls moneyline at -300 during halftime, you’re hedging your initial bet on the Kings in an attempt to recover some money from a seemingly lost cause.
Parlays and Teasers
Parlays and Teasers combine multiple different bets together for an increased payout.
For a parlay example, let’s say the Sacramento Kings are favored against the Miami Heat (-140 on the moneyline) and the Cleveland Cavaliers are favored over the Minnesota Timberwolves at -200 on the moneyline. If you parlay the moneylines of the Kings and Cavs together, the odds on your potential return jump up to +157 since you incur more risk trying to correctly predict two teams to win instead of just one.
A teaser allows bettors to move multiple point spreads or totals in their preferred direction. Let’s say you like the Kings (-4.5) in their matchup with the Sacramento Kings as much as you do the Orlando Magic (-5.5 favorites) to defeat the Utah Jazz. You can tease both lines by four points (most books offer anywhere from four-to-six point teases) to shift the lines to Sacramento (-0.5) / Orlando (-1.5). Now, both teams need to win by four-fewer points than the original lines for your bet to cash.
Future bets are placed on props in the longer-term future. Team win totals, award winners, and player performances are common future bets.
Sacramento Kings Franchise History
The franchise launched in 1948 as the Cincinnati Royals before moving to Kansas City and changing its name to the Kings.
By far its best stretch in Sacramento came from 1998-2006 with coach Rick Adleman. In those eight seasons, the team went to three conference semifinals and one conference finals with players like Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic and Mike Bibby.
Three of those Kings’ playoff runs ended at the hands of the Lakers in the midst of LA’s championship three-peat with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
Who is favored to win the 2024 NBA title?
The Boston Celtics () and Milwaukee Bucks are the favorites to win the 2023 NBA Championship at are the early favorites to win the 2024 NBA title.
The defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets have () odds to repeat.
What are the odds that the Kings are going to win the championship this year?
The Kings currently have odds to win the championship this year. The team opened the season with +4000 odds, meaning the books are giving Sacramento a 2.4% chance to win the title.
How likely are the Kings to make the playoffs?
Sacramento has () odds of making the NBA Playoffs this season.