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Lakers at Kings - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Lakers (8-28) at Sacramento Kings (14-21)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm (Sleep Train Arena)

The Line: Sacramento Kings -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, TWC SN

The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings square off Thursday night at the Sleep Train Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 96.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15 points and 2.5 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 14 points and 2.6 rebounds. Julius Randle is grabbing 9.5 rebounds and Roy Hibbert is dishing 1.6 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Lakers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost eight of their last 10 road games. D'Angelo Russell and Kobe Bryant are questionable.

Lakers at Kings - 1/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Sacramento Kings also need a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 105.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.1 points and 10.9 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 assists. Darren Collison is dishing 4.7 assists and Kosta Koufos is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Kings are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game. The Sacramento Kings have won five of their last eight home games. Willie Cauley-Stein, Rajon Rondo and Omri Casspi are questionable.

The Lakers are 9-23-1 ATS in their last 33 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Kings are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Lakers are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

The Kings are starting to play solid basketball and are starting to beleive they can sneak into the playoffs. I don't trust the Lakers much, as they continue to stink up the joint. Give me Sacramento and the chalk.

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Sacramento Kings -8.5

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