Kings ready to get revenge on Hornets in final game of season

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The Sacramento Kings are hungry for revenge as they take on the Charlotte Hornets for the second and final time this season on Wednesday night. While the Hornets won the first meeting, the Kings are determined to turn the tables on their rivals in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Kings ready to get revenge on Hornets in final game of season

The Hornets are riding high in Sacramento, but can they repeat their success?

The Hornets defeated the Kings 111-104 on Jan. 2 at the Golden 1 Center. Terry Rozier scored 34 points and Miles Bridges 27. Delon Fox contributed 30 points for the Sacramento Kings, but Domantas Sabonis’ 23 points and 19 rebounds weren’t enough to secure the win.

Wednesday’s game marks the 68th meeting between the two teams in the regular season, with the Hornets holding a slight edge in the head-to-head record. The Hornets have won eight of the last 10 games against the Kings, including the aforementioned victory. However, the Kings are confident they can turn the tide on their home court in Charlotte.

Sacramento Kings look to extend road trip with win

The Kings just kicked off their five-game road trip on a positive note with a convincing 131-110 win over the Detroit Pistons. Their goal is to build momentum before they return to the Golden 1 Center on January 18th.

Meanwhile, the Hornets are struggling to find consistency. Their win over the Kings was followed by two consecutive losses to the Chicago Bulls, which underscored the challenges they face with the injury bug. Starters such as LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington and Mark Williams remain out with injuries, significantly weakening Charlotte’s roster.

Matchup analysis and betting tips

The Kings are favored to win and close the spread because these two teams are heading in opposite directions. They have a healthier roster and a more well-rounded offense. Delon Fox, who is averaging 28.2 points per game, is expected to be a force to be reckoned with, and the Kings’ balanced scoring options could be too much for the injury-riddled Hornets to handle.

However, the Hornets are not to be underestimated. Terry Rozier has had the hot hand lately, averaging 24.3 points per game, and Miles Bridges remains a scary scoring threat. If they can find their rhythm and take advantage of any defensive lapses by the Kings, they will topple the Kings once again.

As far as betting tips go, consider allowing over 27.5 points to Delon Fox. He’s already scoring above his average, and the Hornets’ weak defense will provide him with plenty of scoring opportunities. Terry Rozier’s over/under of 26.5 points is also a tantalizing option considering his recent scoring outburst. Domantas Sabonis’ 23.5 over/under is also worth considering. He’s had a hot hand lately and his size and skill could be a mismatch for the undersized Hornets frontcourt.

Prediction.

While the Hornets surprised everyone with their first win, the Kings are ready for revenge in their final matchup of the season. Their excellent health and overall strength should be the deciding factors in their convincing victory.

Final Score Prediction Sacramento Kings 115 – Charlotte Hornets 100

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