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L.A. Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings - 3/24/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Sacramento Kings at L.A. Lakers
Date & Time Sunday March 24, 2019, 9:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The Line
The Line: L.A. Lakers +3.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
SPEC, NSCA
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The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Sacramento Kings look for another win after splitting their last 10 games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 114.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox is averaging 17.6 points and 7.2 assists. Harrison Barnes is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Bagley III is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have lost seven of their last nine road games.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 111.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 45.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.4 points and 8.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.5 points and 5.6 rebounds. JaVale McGee is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost each of their last five home games.

The Kings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Kings are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Lakers last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Kings last 5 overall.

I was leaning towards the Lakers and the free points given that the Kings have had a hard time finishing games and haven't bee good on the road. The Kings are also on the end of a back to back. However, it's quite clear the Los Angeles Lakers have checked out, as they're sooting just 42.4 percent from the field in their last five games and losing those contests by an average of 9.4 points. The Lakers have also covered just three of their last 17 games and are 5-10 ATS this season when an underdog of less than seven points. Laying chalk with the Kings on the road isn't ideal, but backing the Lakers in any shape or form these days is completely stupid. 

Pick:
Sacramento Kings -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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