Lakers at Kings NBA Betting Prediction

Posted by Aaron . on January 5, 2016 in

The L.A. Lakers (8-27) head up north to take on the Sacramento Kings (14-20) in a game between teams who may suddenly be finding themselves a bit. That might seem a little odd to read about a 8-27 team, but the Lakers have run off a three-game NBA betting winning streak, and the Kings are just coming off their first win ever in Oklahoma City.

Lakers at Kings NBA Betting Prediction

That’s right — these are the same Lakers who lost in Philadelphia when Kobe returned for the last time in front of the fans in his hometown. They were up by as much as 38 in their rout of Phoenix over the weekend — holding the Suns to 22 points in the first half. The Suns did cut the lead to 14 points in the fourth period, but the Lakers held them off for a 97-77 win. Lou Williams put up 30 on the Suns, knocking down six shots from downtown. D’Angelo Russell scored seven but had to leave with a hand injury. Jordan Clarkson was dominant, driving to the hole and then dishing, sending Larry Nance, Jr., multiple assists that he converted into dunks. Clarkson’s own dunk was so thunderous that Nick Young appeared to need some CPR on the bench.

The Lakers who lost in Philadelphia when Kobe returned for the last time in front of the fans in his hometown.

And how about the Kings? DeMarcus Cousins appears to have overcome his issues with George Karl and is leading this team, coming off a 33-point, 19-board performance as the Kings knocked off an Oklahoma City team that was missing Kevin Durant. The Thunder clearly miss their leader; when the Thunder were in the midst of a furious rally, Serge Ibaka found himself wide open at the top of the key for a three-ball — and he’d already gone 3-for-5 from downtown — but he still forced the ball to Russell Westbrook, who had to force a contested three near the shot clock buzzer. With Durant out, the Thunder tried to do everything through Westbrook, and the fact that Westbrook had an off night, going just 6 for 23 and turning the ball over seven times, doomed the KIngs.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Lakers appear to be finding their form. However, the Kings are still the better team, particularly at home. I like the Kings to prevail, 101-93.