Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (8-18) at Sacramento Kings (11-15)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings -7 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers travel to the Sleep Train Arena to battle the Sacramento Kings tonight.
The Los Angeles Lakers have won three of their last five but are now hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling narrowly to the Thunder by 104-103 on Friday. Ed Davis had a nice game of 18 points and on 8 of 10 shooting while Ronnie Price and Carlos Boozer added 14 points each, but with the Lakers down by one in the last possession, the ball obviously went to Kobe Bryant who just missed the game-winner, capping a terrible shooting night of 3 for 15. Perhaps the ball could have went to Jeremy Lin who made a tough shot in the previous possession or maybe Nick Young, who got ejected for a flagrant 2 foul, but Kobe could have been 1 for 20 and the ball would have still gone to him for the last shot. With the loss, LA drops to 8-18 on the season and 3-10 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have lost 10 of their last 12 overall and will be looking to snap a five-game skid after losing to the Bucks by 108-107 on Thursday. Ben McLemore had 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting while Rudy Gay added 22 points and six assists, but with the game on the line, the ball went to DeMarcus Cousins who missed the game winner but still finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Kings shot a sizzling 56.7 percent from the field but in an attempt to play a more up-tempo game, the Kings committed 21 turnovers which led to 17 easy points for the young Bucks. With the loss, Sacramento falls to 11-15 overall and 6-9 at home.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games against a team with a losing home record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four against the NBA Pacific, while the Kings are 2-5 ATS in their last seven against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.
Head to head, the Lakers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Sacramento.
These two teams met less than two weeks ago and it was the Lakers who won by 98-95 against a Kings team playing without Cousins. You never feel too confident betting on or against the Lakers this season, but with the Kings fully loaded, I think the Lakers will be overmatched inside against one of the best centers this season.