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Lakers vs Kings NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings
- Where: Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds SAC -8.5, LAL +317 | SAC -415 O/U OFF
The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-21. So far, the team has gone 17-20-2 against the spread. Los Angeles will be going for their 5 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 4 straight wins.
Los Angeles is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Hawks. With the 130-114 victory, they also covered the spread as 2 point underdogs. Los Angeles was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Hawks to cut into their 21 point halftime lead. In the win, LeBron James led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 52.6%.
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 20-17, while going 19-17-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 1-2. Sacramento is 1-2 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Kings were favored to win vs the Hawks. However, their 120-117 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Sacramento was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Hawks by 3 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was De’Aaron Fox, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 45.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Lakers averaged 123.0 points per game vs Sacramento, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Kings also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 118.0 points per game vs Los Angeles. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Kings hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 0 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 234 points per game, leading a 4-1 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Los Angeles offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 116.4 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Lakers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.6 possessions per game. Heading into the game, the Lakers will look to continue with their formula of playing fast and getting to the basket, as they are near the top of the league in two-point fields made per game.
Currently, the Lakers defense is ranked 28th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.15 points per game vs the unit.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Lakers 2nd leading scorer, Anthony Davis. In his 25 games, Davis is averaging 27.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists and grabbing 12.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of LeBron James, who leads the team and is 9th in the NBA at 28.9 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 51.1% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Sacramento will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 117.9 points per game (2nd). In terms of pace, the Kings are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per game. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the leauge in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 8th in the league in made field goals per game.
Defensively, Sacramento has had its problems giving up an average of 115.77 points per game (29th).
On offense, De’Aaron Fox leads the Kings in scoring at 23.9 points per game, placing him 23rd in the NBA. Overall, Fox has hit 50.4% of his shots while accounting for 20.1% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 16th in points allowed to point-guards. At 18.7 points per game, Domantas Sabonis is the 2nd leading scorer for the Kings. For the season, he is 22nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 62.2%.
Lakers vs Kings Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Lakers +8.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF