Lakers vs. Kings - 12/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (10-10) at Los Angeles Lakers (5-16)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -3 -- Over/Under: 206.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings face off on Tuesday at the Staples Center in NBA action.
The Sacramento Kings are playing on their second night in a row after winning in Utah on Monday. The Kings are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 6-5 at home this season. The Kings are averaging 101.4 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 101.7 points and their opponents are shooting 44.5 percent. DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings but he is out until January with viral meningitis. Rudy Gay is averaging 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, Darren Collison is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, and Ben McLemore is averaging 11.2 points. The Kings have the ninth best record in the West as they try and keep in the mix until they get Cousins back.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are having a rough season and have one of the worst records in the NBA. The Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 2-9 at home this season, and they have lost their last three games. The Lakers are averaging 1-2.5 points and they are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 110.9 points and their opponents are shooting 48.2 percent. Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers averaging 25.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Nick Young is averaging 14.8 points, Jordan Hill is averaging 13.4 points and 9.1 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. The Lakers are competitive on a game to game basis but not in the standings where the wins and losses are kept.
Los Angeles is 4-10-2 against the spread in their last 16 home games, 1-4 against the spread against the Western Conference, and 1-5-1 against the spread against the NBA Pacific. Sacramento is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 9-3-1 against the spread playing on no days rest. The Lakers have covered the spread in their last six games against the Kings.
The Lakers are favored by three here but that looks like a reach as they play here is the Kings and if we can get value on the money line play them there as well.