Date/Time: 02-01-2020, 22:00 EDT / 02:00 GMT
Spread: Sacramento Kings +5.5 Total: +227
In this all-Western battle between two teams sitting on opposite sides of the conference table, the third-worse Sacramento Kings (18-30), who are 3-1 in their last 4 games, are hosting the team with the best record currently in the West, the Los Angeles Lakers (36-11), who, on the other hand, want to end their current small losing streak.
The Kings have an 18-30 record (23-24-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the third to last place of the West. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Clippers with a 124-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Buddy Hield with 20.3 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He is followed by De’Aaron Fox with 19.7 ppg, 4.2 rebounds and a team high 7.1 dimes per game.
The Lakers have a 36-11 record (24-22-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the first place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home to the Blazers with a 119-127 score, not beating the odds. Anthony Davis leads the team both in scoring with 26.7 ppg and in rebounding with 9.3 per game. He isHe isLeBron James follows with 25.2 ppg, 7.7 rebounds and a league-best 10.7 assists per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Lakers won at home with a 99-97 score. The Kings are 8-14 at home, while the Lakers are 20-5 on the road. The Lakers are better both offensively, scoring 113.7 ppg to the Kings’ 107.3 and defensively, allowing 106.7 ppg to the Kings’ 110.3. They also have better percentages both in field goals (48.4% to 45.6%) and in 3-pointers (35.9% to 35.6%). The Lakers are better both n in rebounding (45.8 to 42.6) and in assists made (25.9 to 23), while both teams commit exactly 15 turnovers per game. The Kings are coming off a huge road win and the Lakers have dropped two straight. There is a -5.5 spread in favor of the Lakers, but expect the hosts to force a closer game than that.
Lakers vs Kings Prediction: Sacramento Kings +5.5 (-108)