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Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings 10/3/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers
October 3, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -4 / Sacramento Kings +4
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The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers meet Monday in NBA preseason action at the Climate Pledge Arena. The Sacramento Kings have won 9 of their last 11 preseason games. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost their last 6 preseason games.

The Sacramento Kings are coming off a 30-win season and enter the first year under coach Mike Brown. The Kings hope to take a step in the right direction this season as they get a full year of Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox is approaching 25 years old. The addition of Kevin Huerter makes the Kings more exciting, and rookie Keegan Murray has legit upside. The Kings also added Malik Monk, which gives them a bucket getter off the bench. It’s hard to believe in the Kings given that they don’t ever accomplish anything, and they haven’t made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season, but this is one of their more talented rosters they’ve had in quite some time. 

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 33-win season and enter the eighth year under coach Darvin Ham. The Lakers return their veteran trio of Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, the Lakers’ success comes down to their depth and role players. A healthy Kendrick Nunn gives the Lakers a scoring punch, while Patrick Beverley provides defense and an attitude the Lakers missed a year ago. Dennis Schröder coming back after a one-year hiatus should make the Lakers better as well. The star power gets all the attention for the Lakers, but it takes a team effort to survive in the west. The Lakers need other players outside of their big three to step up if this season will be different.

The Kings are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Monday games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. The over is 9-4 in Lakers last 13 overall. The Kings are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. The under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles.

You’re likely not going to see the Los Angeles Lakers play their key players, as they’ve sat out in the majority of preseason games in the past. The Sacramento Kings have also been exhibition warriors these past few years, as they’ve put in work in the summer league and have won 9 of their last 11 preseason games. The Kings don’t win when games count, but they’re unbeatable in these sorts of spots. There’s value with the Kings and the free points.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Sacramento Kings +4
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