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Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 12/27/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Lakers (20-14) at Sacramento Kings (18-16)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Sacramento Kings -3.5 -- Over/Under: 229.5
TV Channel
SPEC, NSCA
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NBA | Los Angeles Lakers (20-14) at Sacramento Kings (18-16)
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings meet Thursday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 113.2 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last six road games.

The Sacramento Kings could also use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 115.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 116.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 20.4 points and 5.2 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox is averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 assists. Willie Cauley-Stein is the third double-digit scorer and Marvin Bagley III is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have won four of their last six home games.

The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Kings are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 6-1 in Kings last 7 overall. The under is 20-7 in Lakers last 27 overall. The over is 4-1 in Kings last 5 home games.

The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off possibly their most impressive win of the season, beating the Warriors on the road and being without LeBron for majority of the second half. We'll see how good the Lakers are when they have to play without LeBron for an entire game. The Sacramento Kings are on the end of a back to back, but they're a young team that has a lot of pep in its step and usually plays well at home. I haven't been high on the Lakers from the start of the season, and I'm certainly not looking to get behind them when their best player isn't around. This is a game the Kings should win.

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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