The Kings are the only team presently outside the Western Conference playoff picture with a shot at the postseason – but they have a lot of work to do if they hope to do the improbable, starting with a victory against the host Lakers.
The Kings sit 5 ½ games back of the eighth-place San Antonio Spurs with just 10 games remaining. But they’re still better off than the Lakers, who have already been eliminated from contention.
Kings vs. Lakers Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Anyone picking the Lakers to cover has taken a rather unpleasant bath of late, with LeBron James’ crew having gone five consecutive home games without covering while boasting a 3-14 ATS mark in its previous 17 games overall. But Sunday might provide an opportunity to turn things around, with Sacramento having gone just 1-5 ATS in the previous six meetings. That said, the favourite has made good in six of the last eight games between the teams.
The total for this one has risen all the way to 230.5 – and that might be a bit too high for over bettors, especially considering how both teams have trended of late. The Kings are a red-hot 9-1-1 to the under in their previous 11 games against teams with losing records, and have gone below the total five straight times vs. Western Conference foes. L.A. is 37-17-1 to the under in its past 55 home games, and the teams are 9-3-1 to the under in their past 13 meetings.
Buddy Hield a Breakout for the Kings
If you’re thinking about a player prop for Sunday’s game, look no further than Kings star Buddy Hield, who has had one of the quietest breakout campaigns in the league. Hield comes into Sunday’s game averaging 20.9 points and has already established a new franchise record for 3-pointers in a season with 245. Hield would love to improve his showing vs. the Lakers, against whom he is averaging just 13 points on 28.6 percent shooting for the year.
Los Angeles Lakers Missing Key Players
While the Lakers limp into this one without the services of Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball, they’re at least expected to have James in the lineup; he’s battling a left knee contusion but is listed as probable. LeBron has faced Sacramento just once this season, recording 25 points and seven rebounds in a 101-86 Lakers victory Nov. 10. Sunday marks his 28th career game vs. Sacramento, the fewest times he’s faced any team other than Cleveland.