Sacramento Kings vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/22/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks Matchup Preview (1/22/22)

After losing two straight home games to the Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons, the Sacramento Kings will try their luck at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The Bucks will be looking to string together their third straight win at home in their bout against the Kings and should be healthy except for Brook Lopez. Lopez has missed almost the entire season, so his absence is expected for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, Sacramento has played monumentally bad in its past two games, allowing 125.5 points on 52% from the field and 40.8% from three to opponents. Needless to say, since the trade rumors that were surrounding De’Aaron Fox, this team has struggled in their chemistry. Reportedly, Fox is not as “bought-in” as he once was after hearing the rumors. Regardless, Milwaukee is a clear favorite to win this game, and Sacramento will have to light it up offensively to come close.

Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds

The Bucks currently are 9.5 point favorites at home against the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento has dropped two straight games at home against two of the worst teams in the NBA. Thus, this line is a bit surprising; I would have expected it to be around 12 or 13 points considering the current state of the Kings. More often than not, Milwaukee will cover in this game. Even though the Bucks let the injury-riddled Chicago Bulls stick around, this could be primarily attributed to the fact that they shot merely 38.6% from the field, which was only slightly better than the Bulls’ 36.5%. Assuming that the Bucks are not ice-cold from the floor in this game, they should have no problem covering the spread. If anything, the fact that the Bucks were able to clamp down on defense and hold a team to sub-37% shooting is a huge positive. I will lean towards the Bucks ATS, even though they didn’t cover against Chicago.

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TV Schedule

Date: 1/22/22
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI
Channel: NBA League Pass

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Sacramento Kings Starting Lineup

PG: De’Aaron Fox
SG: Terence Davis
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Marvin Bagley III
C: Richaun Holmes

Sacramento Kings Analysis

To say that the Sacramento Kings are free-falling is an understatement. The Kings have dropped two straight home games to the Houston Rockets and the Detroit Pistons. That inherently makes you the worst team in the NBA at the moment, and I believe that many of my peers would agree. It has not been this way all season, as Sacramento has shown glimpses of hope, but things have rapidly gone downhill since the De’Aaron Fox trade rumors. Right now, Sacramento ranks 28th in opponent points per game, 27th in defensive efficiency, and 24th in opponent eFG% (effective field goal percentage.) These rankings are for the whole season, though, and do not necessarily indicate how poorly they have been playing. This game should be another loss for Sacramento as the Bucks are coming off one of their best defensive efforts of the year against Chicago.

Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Grayson Allen
SF: Khris Middleton
PF: Bobby Portis
C: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks Analysis

The Bucks have been on a roller coaster but are finally showing glimpses of the team that won the NBA Championship last season. Milwaukee struggled mightily from the floor in their previous game, shooting less than 40% from the field; however, the Bucks still found a way to win. Their defense looked superb, except for allowing guard Matt Thomas to get three open looks from behind the arc. Chicago only shot 36.5% from the field, which could be partly because it was so short-handed, but the Bucks’ defense and effort looked very promising. Milwaukee should have no issue in this game if it replicates the defensive effort against Chicago and shoots a bit better from the field.

Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks Daily Fantasy Picks

If you are a DFS player, you can justify plugging in a Kings player into your lineup for this simple reason: they score. While the Kings are the most miserable team in the NBA at the moment, they do have several players who have been putting up some significant numbers. One of those players is Terence Davis, who has exploded in his past three games, averaging 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, and 2.3 steals. During that span, Davis has shot 49% from the floor, 44.4% from three, and 83.3% from the line. Interestingly enough, Davis has gotten several DNP’s (Did Not Play) this season and has kept the bench warm in most scenarios. When Davis does get minutes, he has been pretty good for the Kings, as evidenced by his outbursts of 35 points against Detroit on Wednesday and 23 and 28 points earlier in the season against the Los Angeles Clippers in back-to-back games. This huge Davis run may not last very long as Tyrese Haliburton is almost back, but plug him in your lineup in the meantime. Remember, the Kings have plenty of low-salary players that have high potential in DFS this season.

Bobby Portis has put together the best year in his career in the 2021-22 season. Portis is averaging 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game on 48% from the field and 42% from three so far. He has found a home in Milwaukee, and with Brook Lopez out, the Bucks will continue to rely heavily on Portis for his three-point and mid-range shooting. Portis also helps keep the floor spread, allowing Giannis more room to penetrate the lane. His presence for the Bucks is imperative, and you never know when he could put together a 25-point night with a dozen rebounds. Portis could be a starter for you in DFS as he has a relatively cheap salary, and this matchup against the Kings is too good to ignore.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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