Kings Likely Without Fox Early; Slim Playoff Chances Hurt

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If the Sacramento Kings are going to play their way into the 2020 NBA Playoffs, they will likely have to do it without their best player. While most teams in the league are dealing with COVID-19, the Kings are also dealing with an injury suffered in practice.

Guard De’Aaron Fox suffered an ankle injury during the Kings’ practice on Wednesday and is set to be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days. Fox underwent an MRI on Wednesday night, and the test revealed a left ankle sprain.

Career Year

sacramento kingsFox was having a career year for the Kings before the league was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former Kentucky star was averaging 20.4 points and 6.8 assists through mid-March.

The Kings have dealt with adversity over the last few weeks, and that will make their climb to the playoffs that much harder. Four members of the Kings have tested positive for COVID-19, though those players are set to compete.

Harrison Barnes, Jabari Parker, Alex Len, and Buddy Hield all tested positive for the coronavirus before training camp started. Barnes and Len have not yet arrived in Orlando, but the team is hopeful of getting them back before the actual games begin.

Both Hield and Parker have recovered from the virus, and have been cleared by the NBA to begin practicing. Center Richaun Holmes is back in self-quarantine for 10 days after inadvertently leaving the NBA bubble while picking up food.

The Kings came into the restart with a record of 28-36, but they were playing their best basketball of the season before the suspension. Sacramento won seven of its previous 10 games to move to just 3.5 games out of the eighth playoff spot.

Tough Hill to Climb For Kings

fanduelsportsbookblueiconEven though the Kings still have a chance to play their way into the playoffs, FanDuel Sportsbook is giving them virtually no chance to win the NBA Championship. FanDuel lists the Kings at +25000 to win the title, which is the lowest odds for any team in Orlando.

FanDuel also isn’t giving the Kings much of a chance to catch find a way to make the playoffs this season. FanDuel has set the over/under for total wins at just 3.5 games during the eight-game regular season.

For fans wanting to make a bet on the Kings to reach the playoffs, FanDuel is offering some very tempting odds. Bettors can bet on the Kings to reach the playoffs at +850, while the “no” option is listed at -1900.

Other California Squads

los angeles lakersOther California teams are expected to do much better during the restart, and the two teams from Los Angeles appear to be headed for a Western Conference Finals showdown.

FanDuel Sportsbook has the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers as the top options in the Western Conference, and they also have great odds to win the title.

With so much unknown, betting on the NBA is still hard to predict, but sportsbooks and bettors alike are excited to have the odds back on the table.