Tuesday, May 03, 2005


- from FOXSports.com

Sacramento failed to cover for the fifth time in its last seven games with Sunday's 115-102 home loss to the SuperSonics.

The Kings, who trail 3-1 in the series, last exited the playoffs in the first round in 2000. They led by as many as 19 points on Sunday, but missed 26 of 36 second-half field-goal attempts in losing to the Sonics.

Sacramento is on a spread slide of 1-5 on the highway and has failed to win or cover in four straight at Seattle.

Sacramento is 9-5 straight-up and 6-8 against the spread in first-round playoff games the last three seasons. In that same stretch, the Kings have covered six of eight when trailing in a series.

Sacramento has sailed over in nine of its last 13 overall and in five of its last seven versus the Sonics. However, the first two games in this series in Seattle stayed under the posted price.

Seattle has won and covered three of four games in this series with Sunday's 13-point road win.

Ray Allen poured in a playoff career high 45 points in Game 4 and has led the Sonics in scoring in each contest in the series. His 45 points tied Fred Brown's 1976 total for tops in the team's playoff history.

The SuperSonics are on spread runs of 6-2 overall and 6-2 versus the Kings.

Seattle has covered seven of 10 when installed as a home chalk of 3½ to 6 points this year. However, it's only 7-11 against the number in its last 18 home games overall.

Seattle has stayed under in seven of its last 10 overall and in seven of its last eight at home.


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