Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center Friday night.

The Sacramento Kings have been in a funk lately as they have lost eight of their last 10 games, but they will hope to build some momentum after putting an end to a four-game slide with a 125-121 home win over the Trailblazers on Wednesday. Buddy Hield led the team with 22 points from the bench, De’Aaron Fox added 21 points with six assists on eight of 13 shots, while Harrison Barnes came in with 13 points. As a team, the Kings shot 52 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they came back early despite falling in with 69 points in the first half before escaping with the narrow victory behind Hield and Mitchell, who came up. large down the stretch.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have cooled off recently with four defeats in their last six games, but they will be eager to build some momentum after surpassing the Pacers in an overtime win of 124-116 away on Wednesday. LeBron James led the team with 39 points and six assists on 13 of 29 shots, Russell Westbrook added 20 points with seven rebounds and five assists, while Malik Monk came in with 17 points from the bench. As a team, the Lakers shot 44 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the 3-point line, as they struggled for most of the game and were trailing by as many as 12 points before forcing overtime, holding the Pacers to just four. . points to escape with the much-needed victory.

Looking at the betting trends, the Kings are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road matches, 1-5 ATS in their last six matches against a team with a losing record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 matches combined. The Lakers have 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games, 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games.

Head-to-head, under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles, Kings is 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall, and Kings is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles.

Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes are both listed as dubious for this one, so Kings can be shorthanded here. The Lakers have their own injury problems as they sweat over the availability of LeBron James to this one. I like the Lakers taking the win in this one, but the Kings are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Los Angeles, and I think they can keep this close to the last.

Peter Trans’s free choice:

Sacramento +7.5

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