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Spurs vs. Kings odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, May 7 predictions from proven computer model


a basketball player during a game: Apr 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Brent Barnaky (36) makes a call in the second quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. © Provided by CBS Sports

Apr 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Brent Barnaky (36) makes a call in the second quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

The San Antonio Spurs will take on the Sacramento Kings at 10 p.m. ET on Friday at Golden 1 Center. Sacramento is 29-37 overall and 14-18 at home, while the Spurs are 31-34 overall and 18-14 on the road. The teams have split their first two meetings this season. The Kings are 2.5 games behind the Spurs for the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference. 

San Antonio is favored by 4.5-points in the latest Kings vs. Spurs odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 223.5. Before entering any Spurs vs. Kings picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,200 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up over $1,200 on its top-rated picks this season and entered Week 20 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 97-62 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Kings vs. Spurs. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Kings vs. Spurs:

  • Kings vs. Spurs spread: Kings +4.5
  • Kings vs. Spurs over-under: 223.5 points
  • Kings vs. Spurs money line: San Antonio -185, Sacramento +165  
  • Featured Game| Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

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    What you need to know about the Kings

    The Kings beat the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, 104-93 on the road. Marvin Bagley III double-doubled with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Delon Wright had 23 points and six assists along with seven rebounds and six steals. Sacramento has won four consecutive games and seven of 10. All of the four recent wins were on the road, as the Kings finished off their first undefeated four-game road trip since 2003. 

    Harrison Barnes (groin) is doubtful for Friday's game. De'Aaron Fox (health and safety protocols) is out. Chimezie Metu (back) is questionable. 

    What you need to know about the Spurs

    Meanwhile, the Spurs were blasted by the Jazz on Wednesday, 126-94, San Antonio was already down 66-42 by halftime. The Spurs have lost five consecutive games. San Antonio has a 1.5 game lead on New Orleans for the 10th seed in the West. 

    Luka Samanic led the Spurs with 15 points off the bench on Wednesday. Trey Lyles (ankle) is out for Friday's game. Derrick White (ankle) is not expected to play again this season.

    How to make Spurs vs. Kings picks

    The model has simulated Kings vs. Spurs 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning over, and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

    So who wins Kings vs. Spurs? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Kings vs. Spurs spread to jump on Friday, all from the model that is on an incredible 97-62 roll.


    Source: Spurs vs. Kings odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, May 7 predictions from proven computer model

    Pelicans vs. Sixers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, May 7 predictions from model on 97-62 roll


    The Philadelphia 76ers aim to build on their dominant home record on Friday evening. The Sixers host the New Orleans Pelicans, with Philadelphia entering with a 25-7 record in its home building this season. The Pelicans are 30-36 overall but just 12-19 away from New Orleans. Furkan Korkmaz (ankle) is out of action for the Sixers. Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Josh Hart (thumb) are out for the Pelicans, with Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) listed as questionable and Steven Adams (toe) listed as doubtful.

    Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Sixers as 7.5-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 226.5 in the latest Pelicans vs. Sixers odds. Before you make any Sixers vs. Pelicans picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.

    The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,200 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up over $1,200 on its top-rated picks this season and entered Week 20 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 97-62 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

    Now, the model has set its sights on Pelicans vs. Sixers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Sixers vs. Pelicans:

  • Pelicans vs. 76ers spread: Sixers -7.5
  • Pelicans vs. 76ers over-under: 226.5 points
  • Pelicans vs. 76ers money line: Pelicans +285, Sixers -345
  • NO: The Pelicans are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
  • PHI: The 76ers are 5-5 against the spread in the last 10 games
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    Why the Pelicans can cover

    New Orleans is an excellent offensive team, scoring 113.5 points per 100 possessions. The Pelicans lead the NBA in free throw attempts, averaging 26.2 per game, and they are also atop the league in offensive rebound rate, grabbing 30.2 percent of their own missed shots. New Orleans has a talented roster, but Zion Williamson is the centerpiece of the attack, averaging 27.0 points per game and shooting 61.1 percent from the floor. Williamson has scored 20 points or more in 15 consecutive games, averaging 29.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest in that sample.  

    On the other end, Philadelphia struggles with ball security, committing a turnover on 14.5 percent of possessions, and New Orleans has some strengths of its own. The Pelicans are No. 2 in the NBA in defensive rebound rate (75.7 percent) and No. 3 in foul avoidance, committing only 17.8 fouls per game.

    Why the Sixers can cover

    Philadelphia is red-hot right now, and the Sixers are led by a trio of star-level players. Joel Embiid has appeared in only 47 games but, when he plays, the Sixers are dominant, posting a 36-11 record. Embiid is averaging 29.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game, keying Philadelphia's attack on both ends. Tobias Harris is also having a fantastic season, averaging 19.6 points per game with 60.5 percent true shooting. 

    Ben Simmons checks a lot of boxes on both ends, providing elite defense to go along with 14.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. Philadelphia's overall profile, especially in the form of its top-three defense, speaks for itself, but the Sixers also match up well with the Pelicans. New Orleans is just 25th in the NBA in defensive rating, allowing 1.13 points per possession, and the Pelicans are 26th in shooting efficiency allowed. The Pelicans are better on offense, but they also have issues with ball security, committing a turnover on 14.5 percent of offensive possessions this season.

    How to make Sixers vs. Pelicans picks

    SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 224 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

    So who wins Pelicans vs. Sixers? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a roll on NBA picks.


    Source: Pelicans vs. Sixers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, May 7 predictions from model on 97-62 roll

    Russell Westbrook 1 triple-double from Big O's NBA record


    FILE - Then-Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, is congratulated by Oscar Robertson on his single season triple-double record before an NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Okla., in this Wednesday, April 12, 2017, file photo. Westbrook’s stat lines have been looking like typos in the box score lately, and now he’s on the verge of something historic. The Washington Wizards point guard’s next triple-double – which could come as soon as Saturday, May 8, 2021, will be the 181st of his career, tying Oscar Robertson’s NBA record. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Then-Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, is congratulated by Oscar Robertson on his single season triple-double record before an NBA basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Okla., in this Wednesday, April 12, 2017, file photo. Westbrook’s stat lines have been looking like typos in the box score lately, and now he’s on the verge of something historic. The Washington Wizards point guard’s next triple-double – which could come as soon as Saturday, May 8, 2021, will be the 181st of his career, tying Oscar Robertson’s NBA record. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook’s stat lines have been looking like typos in the box score lately — the 14-point, 21-rebound, 24-assist game this week, for example, or the 18-18-14 five nights earlier — and now he’s on the verge of something historic.

    The Washington Wizards point guard’s next triple-double, which could come as soon as Saturday in a game at the Indiana Pacers that has playoff implications, will be the 181st of Westbrook's career, tying Oscar Robertson’s NBA record that has stood for nearly a half-century.

    Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) celebrates after his dunk with guard Russell Westbrook (4) and guard Bradley Beal, second from left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game as Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) walks by, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Wizards guard Ish Smith (14) celebrates after his dunk with guard Russell Westbrook (4) and guard Bradley Beal, second from left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game as Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) walks by, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    “That’s one of those records that I read about when I was younger. They always made it sound like nobody was ever going to break that, nobody was ever going to pass that,” Wizards center Robin Lopez said. “And Russ has it in his grasp. That’s pretty special.”

    Westbrook's stellar play of late not only has guaranteed him his fourth season averaging a triple-double — the current numbers are 21.8 points, an NBA-best 11.4 assists and 11.4 rebounds (sixth in the league) — but, of more immediate import to the Wizards, also has been translating into victories.

    Washington has won 14 of its past 18 contests, including an eight-game winning streak that was the team's longest run since 2001. That's propelled the Wizards into 10th in the Eastern Conference standings at 31-36, good enough to be in position for a play-in berth, just a half-game behind Indiana for ninth and holders of a 3½-game lead over the 11th-place Chicago Bulls entering Friday.

    Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook reacts with the fans during a timeout during the second half of a basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook reacts with the fans during a timeout during the second half of a basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, May 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    And while All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal, who is second in the NBA in scoring average, is playing a key role, certainly — “They complement each other well, and it's getting better,” coach Scott Brooks said — Westbrook is getting credit for doing more to help the team than all of the numbers next to his name.

    Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) steals the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) © Provided by Associated Press Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) steals the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    “The energy, the intensity, the things the analytics don’t understand. The fierce competitiveness. What he instills in our younger players, there’s no analytics for that,” Brooks said about someone he also coached years ago with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    The 32-year-old Westbrook, Brooks said after a 131-129 overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, teaches the team's younger members ”how to get better as a player, how to get better as a teammate, how does the league work.”

    Beal credited the turnaround from a 17-32 record on April 5 to “our approach to the game, night in and night out” and explained: “We follow Russ on that.”

    Brooks praised Westbrook for playing nightly “like it's Game 7” and called him the second-best point guard in NBA history, behind only Magic Johnson.

    “He’s doing MVP-type things every game. And he’s an MVP winner every night, on the floor and off the floor,” Brooks said. “You can critique him all you want. ... He’s as high a level player as this league has ever seen.”

    Westbrook's 13 points, 17 rebounds and 17 assists Thursday gave him his 34th triple-double of the season.

    The performance helped Washington beat Toronto for the first time since 2018.

    “He just does so many things in so many different ways, right? I mean, obviously the first thing you always think about is the freight train coming downhill 100 mph in transition. ... Then he’ll post you. He’ll kill you on the offensive glass. He’ll run pick-and-roll. Now he’s making 3-balls,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I’ve always been super impressed and loved his competitive spirit and just watching him play.”

    Westbrook, who defines his job as “making others around me better,” objects to the notion that he is merely accumulating statistics.

    “I honestly believe there is no player like myself," said Westbrook, who arrived in Washington via an offseason trade that sent John Wall to the Houston Rockets. “And if people want to take it for granted, sorry for them. But I’m pretty sure if everybody could do it, they would do it.”

    Asked whether he contemplates how surpassing Robertson could affect his legacy, Westbrook responded with a hint of a smile.

    “I don’t think about it. I actually just go out and have fun and hoop," he said. "And at the end of the day, when my journey is done and I'm done playing basketball, I can look back and think about some of the crazy stat lines — the good, the bad, the ugly — and be thankful for it all.”

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