- The Sacramento Kings (39-43) finished last season ninth in the Western Conference
- They added a number of depth pieces in the off-season including Dewayne Dedmon, Trevor Ariza & Richaun Holmes
- De’Aaron Fox is set to star for Team USA and is considered a great bet to take another big step forward in his third NBA season
The NBA off-season has been full of superstars switching rosters so you can be forgiven for ignoring the Sacramento Kings. They added four complimentary pieces this summer, but after a season that saw them finish just outside the Western Conference playoffs the question needs to be asked: can they make the post-season in 2019-20?
Sacramento Kings Playoff Odds
|Will The Kings Make The Playoffs?||Odds at BetOnline|
*Odds taken 17/08/19.
The 2019-20 NBA Playoff odds tracker can help you monitor the movement all season, but as of right now, there is major value to be had in betting on the Kings to appear in the playoffs. The fact you can bet Sacramento at +265 is a bet I love for two clear reasons.
De’Aaron Fox Emerging as NBA Superstar
De’Aaron Fox averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds last season and should take another big step this year. He’s entering his third season and that’s often when the leagues best go from star to superstars. His performance so far at Team USA camp is a strong indication of the maturity and poise in his game, which should result in big things for the speedy guard.
De’Aaron Fox on his role with Team USA. pic.twitter.com/ko6WZJwVZM
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) August 14, 2019
The Kings finished ninth in the Western Conference last year, albeit nine games back of eighth place. They don’t need to improve drastically to be in the mix, and another step forward from Fox could be enough to see them playing very meaningful basketball late into the season.
Minor Adjustments Improve Kings’ Depth
While the rest of the league was moving and shaking, Sacramento quietly went about their business adding some quality depth pieces. The team added Dewayne Dedmon, Richaun Holmes, Cory Joseph and Trevor Ariza who could all help the club this upcoming season. Dedmon and Holmes in particular will be relied upon to supply offense – Dedmon averaged 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, while Holmes put up 8.2 points despite playing less than 17 minutes per game.
— Stockton Kings (@StocktonKings) August 14, 2019
Adding those players, plus being able to keep Harrison Barnes in the fold should help the Kings take a step forward. They won 39 games last year and barring major injury trouble, I think it’s a near certainty they find themselves well north of that total next year.
The Final Verdict
There are other teams who missed the playoffs that are definitely worth a look as well, namely the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Kings deserve your attention. When betting futures you need to find a great price on something that’s close to a coin flip and that’s what you have here. Sacramento can net you a big payday despite the limited risk you need to take on a deep roster with a flourishing superstar.
PICK: Yes (+265)
Ryan has been working at TSN for over nine years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he’s launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.