DeMarcus Cousins earned his 16th technical foul of the season in Sacramento’s 112-107 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Cousins, who leads the league in technical fouls, faces an automatic one-game suspension.
The Kings will face the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, point guard Darren Collison said, “It’s going to be difficult [without Cousins]” but Sacramento has become accustomed to playing without their star center. How do the Kings play when DeMarcus Cousins is suspended?
As a baseline, in all Kings games since Cousins has been drafted the team is 184-344 (34.8%) straight-up. Sacramento is also 239-278-11 (46.2%) ATS. That is the third worst regular-season against-the-spread record in the NBA during that time.
Over the course of Cousins’ seven-year career, the former first round pick has missed nine games due to suspension. In those missed games, the Kings are 2-7 (22.2%) straight-up and 3-6 (33.3%) ATS. It is a small sample but Sactown does perform worse than average but not significantly when Cousins isn’t in the lineup due to suspension.
If you thought the suspensions would motivate Cousins and the team when he returned to action, you would be wrong. In eight games following suspensions (he missed back-to-back games 2012) the Kings are 2-6 straight-up and 3-5 ATS when Cousins returns to the lineup. There is no post-suspension bump for Sacramento.
Unfortunately for bettors, it doesn’t appear there is an edge to be gained by Cousins’ suspension.
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How do the Kings play when DeMarcus Cousins is suspended?
|4/1/16||1||16th technical||vs MIA||No||Yes|
|3/11/16||1||conduct detrimental||vs ORL||No||No|
|11/19/15||1||hitting Al Horford||at MIA||Yes||Yes|
|4/16/14||1||16th technical||vs PHO||No||No|
|2/28/14||1||hitting Patrick Beverley||at LAL||No||No|
|12/23/12||1||conduct detrimental||vs POR||Yes||Yes|
|12/21/12||1||hitting O.J. Mayo||at MIL||No||No|
|11/13/12||2||confrontation with broadcaster||vs POR||No||No|
|11/11/12||confrontation with broadcaster||at LAL||No||No|