Los Angeles Lakers (20-14) vs Sacramento Kings (18-16)Date : 12/27/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Golden 1 Arena, Sacramento, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings
The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to Golden 1 Arena in Sacramento, California, to battle the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Kings are coming off of a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on the road in their last outing as they halted a two game winning streak in the meantime as ty were horrible early on in allowing 39 points in the first quarter to the home team while also alloging the Clippers to shoot 50% from the floor on the night en route to their first loss in five outings, overall. the Lakers have also dropped three or five games as they were Road winners versus the Warriors in their last outing as they had seven double-digit scores for the game led by Kyle kuzma with 19 points Along with six rebounds as he went 6-14 from the floor in the confidence building victory. The under has been the play in three of the last five meetings amongst these two team at Golden 1 Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers's Latest Performance :
Despite their win on the road in their last outing versus the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers remain to be losers of four of theie last seven road games, overall. Fortunately for Los Angeles, they will be returning home from a four-game road trip after their contest versus the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night, where they are winners of two of their last three games, overall. It will be important to mention that seven of the last 10 games for the Lakers have been away from Staples Center.
Nonetheless, they showed no signs of road fatigue versus the Warriors in their last matchup as the Lakers had seven double digit scorers as Kuzma, as stated, led the way with 19 points while LeBron James finished with a double-double in the matchup as the Lakers had a hot shooting first half in going up by a 65-50 score while ending the game with a 36-19 fourth-quarter in which to seal the victory. In all, it was certainly a team win for the Lakers who have been victorious in only five of their last 10 games, overall. Look for them to carry this momentum, as stated, into this matchup versus a Sacramento Kings team that has been very inconsistent on the defensive end, lately.
Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :
Just when one may have thought that the Sacramento Kings were erecting themselves from a two-game losing streak by picking up two straight victories, they fell back into their old ways in suffering a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their last outing as they not only allowed the home team to shoot 50% from the floor, but, also permitting 13 three-pointers as well en route to the defeat as Lou Williams led the way with 24 points while going 4-5 from three-point range in the contest off the bench while Montrez Harrell chipped in 22 points along with nine rebounds as the Clippers possessed seven double-digit scorers, total, for the game.
On the other hand, the Kings shot well from the floor at 47% while also nailing 10 three-pointers on the night as they also possess seven double-digit scores as well as they were led by De’Aaron Fox with 18 points, six rebounds, along with nine assists in the game. Buddy Hield along with Willie Cauley-Stein shot a combined 9 of 26 from the floor with 11 points apiece. And while the offense for Sacramento has certainly heated things up at critical points within the season, they have had their fair share of issues on the defensive end as of late. Nonetheless, they seek to shore up vulnerabilities versus a Los Angeles Lakers team that will likely have a carry-over effect from their last win versus the Golden State Warriors as they played very well throughout.
How Los Angeles Lakers & Sacramento Kings Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Los Angeles is 14 – 19 – 1 ATS while the OU is 12 – 21
Sacramento is 21 – 13 ATS while the OU is 23 – 11
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup in that the Lakers will certainly be looking to exert themselves on the defensive end of the floor versus a Sacramento Kings squad that is not only averaging 120 points per game in their last two outings, but has put up a tad over 115 points per game on 47% shooting on a nightly basis. James will indeed miss this game with a groin injury as no timetable has been set for his return. On the other hand, the Sacramento Kings will be looking to take advantage of this while also looking for a bit of payback as they were blown out by 15 points in their last meeting versus Los Angeles in November.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Sacramento Kings - 4
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Sacramento Kings in this matchup, primarily due to the fact that LeBron James would not be in the lineup for this contest. In all, I happen to feel as if the Lakers will certainly make a game of it, overall, however, look for at the Kings to get things going, once again, on the offensive end in which to pull away from the Lakers in this matchup while getting the all-important victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 231
My reason for the prediction :
One can certainly expect for the offensive production for the Lakers to drop off considerably without James in the lineup for this contest; However, with the way that the Kings who played defense lately, the Lakers will certainly have ample enough opportunities in which to put points on the floor throughout this matchup on Thursday night. With that being the case, look for the over to certainly be the play as it has been the result in seven of the last eight games for the Kings, primarily due to the fact that the Kings are known to be a much better offensive team at home while also being a bit more careless on the defensive end at Golden 1 Arena, as well.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers:
- Under is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 4-0 in Lakers last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:
- Over is 5-0 in Kings last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Kings are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
Kings are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games.