Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game. The LA Lakers look to bounce back after their 4-game win streak ended over the weekend, as they take a short trip to Sacramento to face the Kings. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
So far 2022 hasn’t been good to the Sacramento Kings as they’ve lost 6 of 7 games and are currently on a 5-game losing streak. This team was in the playoff hunt for a decent chunk of the first 2 months of the season, but with this recent poor run they’ve now slipped to 12th in the West and things aren’t looking good from their perspective. They’ll be without Richaun Holmes for another game as he is ruled out due to poor conditioning here. Their best player De’Aaron Fox really struggled in the last game vs Cleveland scoring just 12 points, when he doesn’t perform this team has no chance of winning. Tonight against the Lakers it could be a struggle once again as they’ve not covered in 5 straight when hosting LA. Against Western Conference opponents in their last 5 games they are just 1-4 ATS.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers have also been inconsistent this season, but what separates them from the Kings is the King himself. LeBron James is putting up historic numbers for a player his age, however the Lakers are only 21-20 on the season so far. Anthony Davis remains out as he recovers from a knee injury, but the league should be on notice when he returns. If the Lakers are able to build solid chemistry in the final couple of months of the regular season, they could be a force in the Playoffs. One more thing the Lakers need to work on is the play of Russell Westbrook. The former MVP had only 6 points (yes, six) in the home loss to Memphis on 2-for-12 shooting, the starting unit for the Lakers combined for just 22 points while LeBron himself had 35 in the game. LA enters tonight’s game on a 5-2 ATS run in their last 7, plus against the Kings they are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games.
I’m trying to come up with reasons to back the Kings at home here, but I cannot justify that in any way. LA has more talent on almost every position and even though Westbrook is struggling right now, I still think LeBron has enough to carry them to a win here. Back the road team.
Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
Lakers -2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
When the Lakers decide to play small and put LeBron at center, betting on the over is always a good idea. Will that be the case tonight? I believe so, with AD still out the Lakers don’t have adequate coverage at the center position and this strategy has paid off 4 times in their last 5 games. Pace-wise they are in a 3-way tie for number 1 in the league averaging 103.2 possessions per game, while the Kings are only a couple of spots below averaging 101.9 per game. These 2 teams have already played each other 3 times this season and one of those games went into triple-overtime with a final score of 141-137. The total has gone over in 2 of the 3 most recent games and an average of 241 points were scored in those games. With the over cashing 4 times in the Lakers’ last 5 and both teams pushing the tempo in a lot of games this season, I think we’ll see another high tempo affair with not a lot of emphasis put on defense here. The smart bet is to back the points.
Over 230.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365