Date/Time: 12-30-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -1
In this battle between two Western Conference squads with the same number of defeats this season, the Sacramento Kings, looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are visiting the Los Angeles Lakers, who want to end their current small losing streak.
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Sacramento are led in scoring by Buddy Hield with 19.7 ppg. He also adds 5.2 rebounds per game, while De’Aaron Fox follows with 18 ppg, adding 3.6 boards and leads the team in assists made with 7.7 per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic adds 15.3 ppg, adding 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. LA are led in scoring by LeBron James with 27.3 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists made with 7.1 and rebounding with 8.3 per game but he is currently injured. Kyle Kuzma follows with 18.7 ppg, adding 5.9 rebounds per game and Brandon Ingram adds 15.8 ppg and 4.1 rebounds per game.
This will be the third meeting between those two squads this year with both of them being tied 1-1. Sacramento won at home with a 117-116 score and Los Angeles on the road 86-101. LA are 12-6 at home so far, while Sacramento are 9-9 on the road. Sacramento have both a better offense with 115.3 ppg to LA’s 113.1 ppg, while LA have a better defense, allowing 111.4 ppg to Sacramento’s 116.7 ppg. LA have a better accuracy from the field, shooting with 47.9% to Sacramento’s 47.1%, while Sacramento have a better accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 38.5% to LA’s 34.8%. Sacramento commit fewer turnovers (13.5 to 15.2) and dish more assists per game (25.5 to 24.4), while LA grab more rebounds (46.2 to 44.3). Sacramento have been playing better than LA lately and they will get away with the road victory one way or another.
Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Sacramento Kings +1 (-109)