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NBA Playoff Picture: Sacramento Kings Given 80% Chance to End Their Playoff Drought

The Sacramento Kings have a chance to end their 17-year playoff drought this season. Kyle Newman breaks down the Kings odds.
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NBA Playoff Picture: Sacramento Kings Given 80% Chance to End Their Playoff Drought

The history of the Sacramento Kings is an ugly one. Not only do they have the longest active playoff drought in American sports at 17 seasons, but they also have the second-longest championship drought in American sports at 71 seasons. That could all change this season though, as sportsbooks believe in this Kings’ turnaround.

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Sacramento Kings to Make Playoffs Odds

Yes or NoOddsImplied chance
Yes-40080%
No+30025%

Sacramento is given -400 odds, or an implied 80% chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. It doesn’t stop there though, the Kings are given +180 odds, or an implied 35.7% chance to win the Pacific division. That makes them the favorites over the Golden State Warriors +230, Phoneix Suns +400, and Los Angeles Clippers +650. They haven’t won a division title since 2003.

While the Kings story is great, and the books don’t expect it to end in the Regular Season, they aren’t considered a title threat. In fact, the Kings at +8000, or an implied 1.2% chance to win the title, have the 15th-best odds in the NBA. Those are the worst odds in their division with even the Lakers at +5000 getting significantly better odds.

The Kings look to be for real. They’re the best offense in the NBA by a wide margin. Their defense has holes that need to be fixed, but it’s not so bad it can’t be overcome. Still, they’re only 3.5 games up on the seventh seed and a play-in spot, so one cold streak can put everything in jeopardy. When you lack a superstar like Sacramento does that’s always a real possibility. Still, they are a real threat in the West with their elite offense until proven otherwise.

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