In this duel between two Western Conference squads coming off opposite outcomes in their latest matchups, the Sacramento Kings (18-16), who saw a small winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (20-14), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 12-27-2018, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Sacramento Kings -4
Sacramento Kings have an 18-16 record (21-13 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Grizzlies in the 9th place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Clippers with a 118-127 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Buddy Hield with 20.1 ppg, adding 5.2 boards per game. He is followed by De’Aaron Fox with 18.1 ppg, 3.5 boards and a team high 7.6 dimes per game, while Bogdan Bogdanovic adds 15 ppg and 3.9 dimes per game.
Los Angeles Lakers have a 20-14 record (14-19-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Clippers in the 4th place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Warriors with a 127-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 7.1 and in boards grabbed with 8.3 per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 18.1 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Lakers won on the road with an 86-101 score. Kings have a 9-7 home record, while the Lakers are 8-9 on the road. Kings are better offensively, scoring 115.2 ppg to Lakers’ 113.2 ppg, while Lakers are better defensively, allowing 111 ppg to Kings’ 116.7 ppg. Lakers have a better field goal percentage (48% to 47.2%), while Kings have a better 3-point percentage (38.6% to 34.7%). Kings are better in dimes made (25.5 to 24.4) and in turnovers committed (13.5 to 15.1), while Lakers are better in boards grabbed (46.1 to 44.2). Lakers will be missing LeBron James in this one and Vegas odds give the Kings a -4 spread and expect them to take advantage of that and beat the odds for the home victory.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings Prediction: Sacramento Kings -4 (-108)
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