A game featuring one of the league’s best offensive teams against one of the poorest teams defensively sees the Sacramento Kings (20-17, second in points per game) face the Los Angeles Lakers (18-21, 26th in points allowed) at Golden 1 Center on January 7, 2023. The Kings are 8.5-point favorites. The over/under for the matchup is set at 241.5 points.
How to bet Kings vs. Lakers
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Kings as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Kings have -354 odds to pick up the win, while the Lakers are listed at +280 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 241.5 points.
Kings vs. Lakers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
- Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Sacramento, California
- Arena: Golden 1 Center
Kings vs. Lakers Betting Trends
The Kings have 20 wins against the spread in 37 games this year. Sacramento has won 13, or 72.2%, of the 18 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Kings games this year have hit the over 41% of the time (16 out of 39 games with a set point total).
The Lakers have played 39 games, with 17 wins against the spread. Los Angeles has won 41.4% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (12-17). Lakers games this season have gone over the total in 23 of 39 opportunities (59%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Kings vs. Lakers Injury Report
Lakers: Austin Reaves: Out (Hamstring), Troy Brown: Questionable (Quadricep), Damian Jones: Questionable (Toe), Russell Westbrook: Probable (Foot), LeBron James: Questionable (Ankle), Lonnie Walker: Out (Tailbone), Anthony Davis: Out (Foot)
What you need to know about the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento has been lifted by its offense, as it ranks second-best in the NBA by averaging 117.9 points per game. It ranks 24th in the league in points allowed (116.8 per contest). The Kings are posting 122.1 points per game at home. On the road, they are averaging 113.6 points per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Kings have picked up their output a little bit over their last 10 games, scoring 118.7 points per contest over that stretch compared to the 117.9 they’ve put up over the course of this season.
Sacramento is sixth in the NBA with 13.1 treys per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 14th with a 35.6% shooting percentage from downtown. Of the shots taken by the Kings in 2022-23, 57.9% of them have been two-pointers (69.3% of the team’s made baskets) and 42.1% have been three-pointers (30.7%).
What you need to know about the Los Angeles Lakers
In 2022-23, Los Angeles is seventh in the league offensively (116.4 points scored per game) and fifth-worst on defense (117.3 points allowed). In 2022-23 the Lakers are scoring 2.3 more points per game at home (117.6) than on the road (115.3). In their past 10 games, the Lakers are scoring 118.9 points per game, 2.5 more than their season average (116.4).
Beyond the arc, Los Angeles is third-worst in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (10.5). It is ranked 25th in 3-point percentage at 34%. The Lakers take 34.7% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 24.4% of their made baskets are from there. Inside the arc, they attempt 65.3% of their shots, with 75.6% of their makes coming from there.
Our pick to win this game is the Kings, and we project that Lakers will cover the spread (Kings -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 241.5 points.
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