Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/6/13
Los Angeles Lakers (9-9) at Sacramento Kings (4-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -4 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento Kings look to end a five-game skid tonight when they play host to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite the struggles of the Lakers earlier in the season, the boys from LA are still a modest 9-9 on the season thanks to some major production from unlikely sources. However, LA is actually coming off a loss against the Blazers despite a career-high 27 points from Xavier Henry and 20 points from Jodie Meeks. Pau Gasol shot just three of 15 from the field, but you can forgive him because he was playing through a mild ankle sprain. In Kobe news, the Black Mamba originally said he would return to the court against the Kings tonight, but the most recent update is that he is going to skip this game.
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Meanwhile, the Kings will be looking to avoid a sixth straight loss after falling to the Thunder by 97-95 despite playing without DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings started the game red-hot and busted out to a 31-19 lead at the end of the first quarter, but quickly fell back to earth against the defense of the Thunder. The Kings weren't even competitive until Isaiah Thomas scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter but the comeback fell just short in the end. With the loss, Sacramento fall to 4-12 on the season and 3-8 at home.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games overall, while the Kings are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Head to head, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 10-4 ATS in the last 14 in Sacramento.
The last time the Kings played the Lakers, it was LA who came out on top by 100-86, but I actually think the roles will be reversed tonight because while the Kings have still been losing, they've actually been quite competitive against much better opponents than the Lakers.