Stephen Nover's NBA Game of the Week - 27-12 NBA Games of Week/Month/Year
(NBA) Sacramento vs. Portland, 10/20/2021 10:00 PM, Score: 124 - 121
Point Spread: 5.50 | -110.00 Sacramento (Away)
Result: Win
Portland could start slow under new coach Chauncey Billups. The Trail Blazers struggled through preseason going 0-4. Billups was quoted as saying Portland is further away than he thought they might be at this stage. 

The Kings have talent and depth. I'm expecting improvement from them. Sacramento went 4-0 in preseason. One of the Kings' preseason victories was 107-93 against the Trail Blazers although Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum didn't play. 

A key for the Kings is better defense. Ball hawking rookie Davion Mitchell can make an impact on defense. 

Portland enters this season having failed to cover eight of the past 11 times as a home favorite.