It will be a battle between Pacific Division opponents when the Sacramento Kings (18-30) welcome the Los Angeles Lakers (36-11) to the Golden 1 Center. The game starts at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020, and will air on NBC Sports – California.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings Betting Prediction
The last time the Lakers played, they were topped by the Portland Trail Blazers, 127-119, and failed to cover as 5-point underdogs. The total points for the game (246) finished well over the O/U total of 217.5. Portland’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers had a rate of 4.5 (better than their season average of 11.2), while the Lakers posted a mark of 13.6 (above the 10.5 mark opponents have averaged against Portland this season). Anthony Davis was Los Angeles’ leading scorer with 37 points on 14-for-22 shooting.
The Kings had no trouble getting past the Los Angeles Clippers in their last game, 124-103, despite being 14-point underdogs. The total points for the game (227) finished over the O/U total of 223. The Kings, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.523, had a ridiculous mark of 0.619 and had a turnover percentage of 9.4 (better than their season average of 12.9). De’Aaron Fox was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 14-for-24 shooting from the field.
The ineffective offense of Sacramento (21st in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 106.5) will go head-to-head against the stingy defense of Los Angeles (fourth in the league with a defensive efficiency of 103.9). The Lakers figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Los Angeles holds records of 36-11 straight up (SU) and 24-21-1 against the spread (ATS). Lakers games have a slight tendency to finish under the projected point total (52.2 percent).
Meanwhile, Sacramento is 18-30 SU and 23-25 ATS. Contrary to Los Angeles, games featuring the Kings have gone over the projected point total 52.1 percent of the time.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, LeBron James scored a game-high 29 points and the Lakers beat the Kings 99-97 but could not cover as 10.5-point favorites. He also put up 11 assists. The game finished with a total of 196 points, which was 18 points below the projected point total of 214 points. Los Angeles did a fantastic job of making free throws (20-22; 90.9 percent). Sacramento, on the other hand, made 16 of its 39 three pointers (41.0 percent).
Lakers vs. Kings ATS Pick
Free Pick: ATS Winner – Kings, O/U – Over
On the road, Los Angeles is 13-12 ATS with 13 overs and 12 unders.
Sacramento is 7-15 ATS at home with 11 overs and 11 unders.
Sacramento is 8-2 when they allow under 100 points, while Los Angeles is 15-0.
The Lakers are 32-10 when they score over 100 points, while the Kings are 16-23.
Sacramento ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (11.3) while Los Angeles ranks 29th (16.0).
The Lakers rank first in blocks per game (7.2) while the Kings rank 22nd (4.4).
Los Angeles ranks second in points in the paint per game (53.4) while Sacramento ranks 23rd (45.5).
The Lakers average 8.5 steals per game, which ranks third in the NBA. The Kings rank 18th in steals allowed per game (8.0).
Los Angeles ranks 11th in rebounds per game (45.8) while Sacramento ranks 26th (42.6).
The Lakers rank fifth in assists allowed per game (23.0) while the Kings rank 17th (24.4).
Los Angeles ranks third in second chance points per game (14.7) while Sacramento ranks 14th (13.1).
The Lakers rank third in points off turnovers per game (18.8) while the Kings rank 13th (17.0).
Sacramento ranks 11th in three pointers attempted per game (34.4) while Los Angeles ranks 12th in three pointers allowed per game (33.0).
In its last five games, Los Angeles is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
Sacramento is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under over its last five games.
The Lakers have been outscored by an average of 6.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Los Angeles has defeated opponents by an average of 6.9 points.
During their last five games, the Kings have scored an average of 112.2 points per game (4.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 112.0 points per game (1.7 above their season average).