Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings

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Two Western Conference teams will face off against each other on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers travel to Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles enters this game with a 24-12 record after losing to Phoenix at home by ten points in its last game while Sacramento enters this game with a 13-21 record after losing to Charlotte by one point in its last game. This game will start at 10:00 P.M. EST.

Lakers Look To Overcome Fatigue

The Los Angeles Lakers enter this game in a bit of a slump as they have lost five of their last seven games including a ten-point home loss against the Phoenix Suns in their last game. In that game, Los Angeles’s offense struggled as it only scored 104 points while attempting just 17 free throws. To make matters worse, that game took place yesterday so the Lakers will be forced to overcome some fatigue over these 48 minutes . Luckily, Los Angeles has won 13 of its first 17 road games as it has looked extremely comfortable in opposing arenas all season long.

Leading the Lakers offensively is star forward Anthony Davis who is averaging 22.5 points per game along with a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. However, he is currently dealing with an Achilles injury so he will be unable to play in Wednesday’s contest.

Leading up to this game, Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis discussed his mindset while being forced to sit on the bench for the next couple of weeks.

“You always want to make sure that you’re going out there fully healthy. This isn’t the first time that I’ve aggravated this. This is the second time,” Davis said. “And it’s an Achilles, so you want to be smart with it.”

Kings Continue To Struggle

The Sacramento Kings have been playing some terrible basketball lately as they have lost 10 of their last 11 games including a one-point home loss against the Charlotte Hornets in their last game. In that game, Sacramento’s defense was useless as it allowed 127 points while letting the opposition shoot 53.6% from the floor. Now, Sacramento will be looking to get back on track with another home game up next. However, the Kings have lost 12 of their first 19 home games as they have looked quite vulnerable at the Golden 1 Center.

Leading the Kings offensively is point guard De’Aaron Fox who is averaging a team-high 22.8 points per game along with a team-high 7.4 assists per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 3.2 turnovers per game as he has struggled with his ball security up to this point.

Following the loss to Charlotte, Sacramento coach Luke Walton criticized his team for not stepping up in the final few minutes.

“Come to an end of a game, that’s where we have to step up and put teams out, and we didn’t do it. That’s a painful loss for our guys. We didn’t finish it out.”

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Even though Los Angeles had to play last night, it is still the significantly better basketball team in this matchup so this spread should be a bit higher. Los Angeles has one of the best records in the league while Sacramento is currently in last place in the Pacific Division so I cannot trust the Kings over these 48 minutes. Plus, Los Angeles ranks first in the league in terms of defensive efficiency while Sacramento ranks last in the league in terms of defensive efficiency so the Kings should struggle to get enough stops in order to cover this point spread. As a result, there is some value with the road team.

Los Angeles Lakers -4

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Full-Game Total Pick

Sacramento has been a fantastic over team due to its awful defense and its uptempo style so this total seems a bit too low. Sacramento ranks 30th in the league in terms of defensive efficiency and eighth in the league in terms of pace so I can see a ton of transition opportunities over the course of these 48 minutes. Plus, Sacramento has allowed at least 122 points in five of its last six games so its defense has gotten progressively worse over the past few weeks. As a result, there is a lot of value with the over in this spot.

Over The Posted Total

Half-Time Side Pick

Los Angeles might be a bit banged up but Sacramento has lost 10 of its last 11 games so I expect the Kings to get off to a slow start on Wednesday. The Kings are on pace to have the worse defense in NBA history against they have nobody that can slow down LeBron James so I expect the Lakers to open up a big lead over the first 24 minutes of this game. Plus, Sacramento has struggled against several weak teams lately so I expect it to look even worse against one of the best teams in the league. As a result, there is some value on the road team.

Los Angeles Lakers 1H