Sacramento Kings Odds
Outside of the early 2000s, the Sacramento Kings are perennial rebuilders that have struggled to win since moving to California in 1985. Yet they still enjoy a fiercely loyal local fan base that will be thrilled to bet on Kings’ odds when they become a legal option.
The Kings still have a reputation as an NBA doormat that bettors bank on losing. All that betting against the team, though, can create some pretty favorable odds. Here’s how to get in on it for or against the Kings including the latest Kings game lines, futures odds and more direct from California online sportsbooks.
Sports betting in California is not legal. However, there is one sportsbook out there that gives California basketball fans a chance to get in on the action: A social sportsbook.
Tonight’s Kings odds
See below for the latest Sacramento Kings spread for tonight’s game. Click on any odds to go to the online sportsbook and start betting.
Kings NBA Finals odds
Here are the latest Kings futures odds, including for the NBA Finals and playoffs. Click on any odds to get started.
De’Aaron Fox prop odds
Fox won’t get a single MVP vote while the Kings are losing, but you’ll find prop odds every game for the Kings’ best player below.
How to bet on Kings games in California
At the moment it’s not legally possible, but whether you like the Kings or not, if California legalizes and regulates sports betting, you’ll be able to bet on the team or against it by signing up for an account at an online sportsbook, making a deposit and browsing the latest NBA lines. Here are the standard steps you’re likely to see:
- Head to the homepage of an online sportsbook and select the registration or sign-up button.
- Fill out the registration pages with your personal and account info.
- Enter a promo code, if necessary, to claim any welcome bonuses.
- Accept the sportsbook’s terms and conditions.
- Head to the cashier and deposit some money with which to bet.
- Browse through the NBA betting lines, click on a bet you want to place, and fill out the slip that pops up.
- Additionally, if you plan on betting on a phone or tablet, you can download the sportsbook app.
How to read Kings game lines
There are a few standard NBA wagers at online sports betting sites. These include the moneyline, spread and total.
|LA Lakers||-180||-7.5 (-110)||Over 215.5 (-110)|
|Sacramento Kings||+160||+7.5 (-110)||Under 215.5 (-110)|
In this set of Lakers/Kings lines, the Kings are +160 moneyline underdogs. That means if you bet on the Kings and they win, you’ll win $160, plus your bet back, for every $100 you bet. The LA Lakers, meanwhile, are -180 moneyline favorites, which means if you bet on the Lakers and they win, you’ll win $100, plus your bet back, for every $180 you bet.
The Kings are also 7.5-point underdogs on the spread. That means spread bets on Sacramento need the team to win or lose by fewer than eight points. If the Lakers win by eight points or more, that means spread bets on LA will win. Either way, at -110 odds, winning bets will pay $100 for every $110 that you bet, plus your bet back.
Finally, you can see a line at 215.5 total points. This is inviting you to bet on the total combined score of the game, regardless of which team wins. If you bet over 215.5, you win if the two teams combine for 216 points or more. If that doesn’t happen, under bettors win.
Kings futures odds
One popular Kings futures bet is likely taking the under on the over/under for the team’s total regular season wins. It’s a bet you have to place prior to the start of the season unlike Kings player props, and you’ll have to lay money to bet it according to the odds. However, you can probably get a line of somewhere near 35 or 36.5 games, depending on how the team is looking.
Other season-long futures on things like Sacramento winning the NBA title, or even making the playoffs, will have much larger odds. These bets will be available throughout the offseason and into the regular season at odds that change with the Kings’ chances of accomplishing either goal. But if the Kings do end up contending for such things, the earlier you place a bet, the better your odds will likely be.
If the Kings end up becoming Western Conference contenders or a championship contender like the Warriors in the NBA Finals, the odds will shrink dramatically. For example, the Kings opened at +25000 to win the 2022 NBA Finals, and with the team out of contention early, the odds skyrocketed. In the meantime, late in the season, most teams that were still contending in the West saw their odds cut in half.
Live betting on the Sacramento Kings
The legalization of sportsbook apps in California would mean you could bet on Kings games in the middle of the action from home or anywhere else in the state. Live betting lets you wager on the same lines that were available before the game, but the odds will change with the action on the court. That means the odds can change in an instant, and sportsbook apps make it pretty easy to keep up. In California, options would likely include such top books as DraftKings and FanDuel.
Sacramento Kings home games
- Arena: Golden 1 Center
- Since: 2016
- Address: 500 David J. Stern Walk, Sacramento, California
- Owner: City of Sacramento
- Operator: Sacramento Kings
- Basketball capacity: 17,608
- Construction cost: $558.2 million
- Previous home: ARCO Arena (1998-2016)
Kings games are on NBC Sports California locally in the Sacramento area with Kayte Christensen-Hunter as a game analyst and Mark Jones on play-by-play. Sports 1140 KHTK-Sacramento is the local radio home of the Sacramento Kings.
Streaming the Kings online
Kings games are available online with an NBA League Pass subscription or with NBC Sports California online.
Sacramento Kings history
The Sacramento Kings began play in 1985 when the Kansas City Kings moved to the California capital from the team’s previous home in Missouri.
Despite posting a losing record, the Kings made the playoffs in that first season in Sacramento. However, the team lost a first round matchup with the Houston Rockets without winning a playoff game and didn’t make the playoffs again for another decade.
In 1998, the Kings drafted flashy point guard Jason Williams, signed crafty big man Vlade Divac, traded for star forward Chris Webber, and welcomed 1996 draft pick Peja Stojaković over from Serbia. The moves began a new era of competitiveness for the franchise. The team went 27-23 in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, marking the franchise’s first winning season in close to 20 years and its first in Sacramento.
The Kings lost in the first round of the NBA Playoffs again, but posted a 44-38 record a season later and earned a spot in the postseason for the second year in a row. Once again, the Kings lost in the first round. The following season, the Kings traded for guard Doug Christie and drafted forward Hedo Türkoğlu. The team went 55-27, won a first round playoff series, and proved it was a contender.
The following season saw the Kings replace Williams with a more stable point guard in Mike Bibby. The team posted a league-best 61-21 regular-season record and won two playoff series before losing to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in seven games. The Kings went 59-23 and won the Pacific Division the next season, but could not get out of the second round of the playoffs. Webber injured his knee in that second round series and never really recovered. The Kings again lost in the second round a year later.
In the offseason, Divac signed with the Lakers. Christie and Webber both left via in-season trades, and the Kings have been rebuilding ever since.
In 2013, the casino-owning Maloof family agreed to sell the Kings to a group led by tech entrepreneur Vivek Ranadivé, a sale that went through after the purchasing group fought off a rival bid that sought to move the team to Seattle. The team moved into the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento for the 2016-17 season. In 2021, Dyal Capital bought a 5% stake in the team, but Ranadivé remains the majority owner.
Sacramento Kings FAQs
In 2013, the Maloofs, including George J. Maloof Sr., George J. Maloof Jr., and Adrienne Maloof, owned the Sacramento Kings. Discussions about selling to a Seattle-based ownership group began and were widely reported as finalized. With league approval, the team would move to Seattle. However, the entire deal was still pending NBA Board of Governors’ approval. The new ownership group filed for franchise relocation. Then, a number of local Sacramento counteroffers emerged. The Maloofs gave the local bids an ultimatum to match the Seattle group’s $341 million offer as a backup option in case the NBA Board of Governors rejected it. The Seattle group increased its offer to $550 million, then $625 million, but the NBA Board of Governors Relocation Committee voted 7-0 against relocation to Seattle. NBA owners also voted 22-8 to reject relocation, the Seattle group walked away empty-handed and the Kings remain in Sacramento to this day.
In 2013, after a bid emerged hoping to buy the team and move it to Seattle, the Maloofs sold majority ownership in the Kings to a California-based group led by TIBCO chairman Vivek Ranadive. The total price paid was $534 million, an NBA record at the time.
The Sacramento Kings were founded in Rochester, New York in 1923 as the Rochester Seagrams. The team joined the National Basketball League in 1945 as the Rochester Royals and was an inaugural Basketball Association of America franchise. The league became the NBA in 1948 and the Royals won the 1951 NBA championship before relocating to Cincinnati in 1957 and becoming the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972, the team relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, played some games in Omaha, Nebraska, and became the Kansas City–Omaha Kings. The name change was necessary to avoid confusion with the Kansas City Royals baseball team. After three years the team became just the Kansas City Kings and after the 1984–85 season, the franchise relocated to Sacramento, California, becoming the Sacramento Kings.
The Sacramento Kings are mostly known for losing. When the Kings were the Rochester Royals they won the 1951 NBA title, but that is the only NBA championship in franchise history. Sacramento was a contender in the West in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but the team has fallen on hard times since. The team has posted an NBA-record 16 consecutive losing seasons since 2006.
Oscar Robertson is widely considered the greatest player in franchise history. The Big-O is the franchise leader in a number of key categories and he’s a Hall of Famer. However, an argument could be made for Chris Webber as well. He led the team and made four straight All-Star teams at the height of the modern Kings’ greatest period of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s.