Kings vs. Lakers Prediction
Can the Los Angeles Lakers stop their recent skid when they welcome the surging Sacramento Kings to town tonight at 9:30PM ET?
559 Sacramento Kings vs. 560 Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday, December 30, 2018
9:30PM ET – STAPLES Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Lakers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Kings. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 232 points. The public betting for this game currently has 66 percent going on the Lakers at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Kings looking for back-to-back over L.A.
The Sacramento Kings are coming off a 117-116 comeback win over the Lakers at home on Thursday. They have won three of their last four games coming into tonight. The Kings are 19-16 on the season, 9-9 on the road, 21-14 against the spread and 24-11 with the over.
Sacramento has one of the top offenses in the league this season, as they are averaging 115.3 points per game this year while shooting 38.5 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Kings are giving up 116.7 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 47.4 percent from the field. Buddy Hield is leading the team this season with 19.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. De’Aaron Fox is adding 18 points and 7.7 assists per contest.
Lakers in a funk
The Lakers have lost two straight and five of their last seven games coming into tonight, including a 118-107 loss to the Clippers on Friday night. Los Angeles is 20-16 on the season, 12-6 at home, 15-20-1 against the spread and 22-13-1 with the under.
Los Angeles is averaging 113.1 points per game this year on offense while shooting 47.9 percent as a team. Defensively, the Lakers are giving up 111.4 points per game. LeBron James will continue to be out with his groin injury, but JaVale McGee is questionable to return from his illness. James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. Kyle Kuzma adds 18.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
NBA Betting Trends
The Kings are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games following a win, but just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 division games.
The Lakers are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven division games and 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record.
The Kings had to really rally late to beat the Lakers at home a few days ago. The Kings aren’t a great road team and the Lakers are still playing with some life without LeBron. The issue for the Lakers has been finishing games without him. I think they will be able to cure that by playing a team they just blew a lead against. They know they can take the Kings and should learn from the disastrous finish from a few days ago.
NBA Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -1