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Lakers vs Kings Pick – NBA Predictions & Odds 1/18/23

Sacramento Kings (24-18) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (20-24)
January 18, 2023 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +3.5; Over/Under: +246
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The Sacramento Kings travel to the crypto.com Arena to do battle with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

The Sacramento Kings have been in pretty good shape as they’ve won seven of their last 10 games overall and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory after routing the Spurs in a 132-119 road win on Sunday. Harrison Barnes led the team with 29 points on eight of 11 shooting, De’Aaron Fox added 23 points on 11 of 21 shooting while Domantas Sabonis tallied 18 points with 18 rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Kings shot 55 percent from the field and 14 of 30 from the 3-point line as they found themselves in a real arm wrestle with the pesky Spurs, until the third quarter where they exploded for 39 points to pull away and keep their win streak alive.  

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have been in great shape as they’ve won six of their last nine games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after taking down the Rockets in a 140-132 home win on Monday. LeBron James led the team with 48 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, Russell Westbrook added 24 points on nine of 16 shooting off the bench while Kendrick Nunn chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 53 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they got off to a flyer and poured in 73 points in the first half to lead by as many as 16 points, but they allowed the Rockets back into the contest and had to pour in 38 points in the fourth quarter to escape with the narrow win in the end.

Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.

Head to head, the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall and the Kings are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Los Angeles.

The Kings are coming into this one at full health as they don’t have anyone listed on the injury report, while the Lakers are still missing Anthony Davis, Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker with LeBron James currently listed as questionable. The Kings have been flying under the radar lately, but they’ve been playing well and they have the advantage of extra rest as they haven’t played since Sunday. This should be a close one, but the Kings are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and I’m backing that trend to continue here.

Peter Tran's Free Pick: Sacramento -3.5

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