Sacramento Kings (7-12) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (10-10)
The Sacramento Kings snapped a four-game losing skid with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers and now are looking to upset the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers are playing below expectations thus far in the season, but they did have a lot of injury-related troubles and it seems that they are not healthy enough to fight for the title this season. Still, there are a lot of games left to be played in the regular season, and we will see whether the Lakers will improve in the coming weeks and months.
These Pacific Division rivals will meet for the first time this season. Last year, they met on three occasions, and Sacramento won two of those games. This game will tip-off at 10:30 PM ET on Friday, November 26.
Kings edged the Blazers at homeAlvin Gentry recorded his first victory as a new head (interim) coach of the Sacramento Kings as they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 125-121 at home. Following four games in a row in which they failed to cover, the Kings managed to cover a +3.5 spread and now they stand at an 8-11 ATS record.
Sacramento was excellent from the floor (52.3%) and had even seven individuals in double digits. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 22 points and four rebounds. De'Aaron Fox followed him with 21 points and team-high six assists, Davion Mitchell scored 16, while Harrison Barnes, Mo Harkless, Alex Len, and Marvin Bagley all scored 10+ points.
"It takes a whole village to do what we're trying to get done."— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 25, 2021
Inside the locker room with Coach Gentry after the W. pic.twitter.com/RVv27YfjvI
Barnes left Wednesday's game with a right foot injury and was unable to continue. His availability for Friday’s game is uncertain. Richaun Holmes (eye injury) didn’t feature against the Blazers on Wednesday, and he is questionable to play on Friday.
The Kings have the 10th best offense in the NBA that is scoring 109.1 points per game, while their defense is 26th in the league as it allows 111.1 points per contest.
Lakers beat the Pacers in OTThe Los Angeles Lakers are not playing well lately but they managed to seal the deal in Indiana and secure a 124-116 overtime win despite trailing for most of the game. Los Angeles couldn’t cover the spread in three straight games, but they did it in Indianapolis as they were +6.5 dogs. At the moment, the Lakers have a 7-13 ATS record.
Indiana controlled most of the game, but in the end, the Pacers barely forced overtime thanks to Chris Duarte. The Lakers showed better composure in OT and edged the Pacers, who must be disappointed with this performance.
LeBron James led the Lakers with 39 points, team-high six assists, five rebounds, and two blocks. Russell Westbrook chipped in 20 points, seven boards, and five dimes, Malik Monk had 17 points and eight rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington scored 14 points apiece. Trevor Ariza (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) are out indefinitely.
The Lakers have the 8th ranked offense in the NBA that averages 110.1 points per game, while their defense is letting 113.2 points to the rivals, which is the second-worst defense in the league.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Sacramento is struggling right now, but luckily for them, the Lakers are also not playing well, and this game could be much tighter than people expect. Los Angeles has LeBron James back from an injury, but it seems that the Lakers are not convincing even with James, Anthony Davis, and Westbrook on the floor. It looks that something is missing from the puzzle and that the Lakers are not serious title contenders this year.
There is still enough time before the playoffs and all can change in a matter of weeks, but at the moment, I don’t think the Lakers are much better than the Kings. Sacramento is playing with a new head coach and the players will be eager to show him their worth, so I am backing the Kings to cover. I wouldn’t be surprised if they upset the Lakers and beat them on Friday.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Lakers’ games have been quite efficient of late. Namely, three of the last four went Over, while it was the case in five of the previous seven. Both teams have the top 10 offenses that have the potential to outscore any team in the NBA. Los Angeles’ defense is very weak this year, and they allowed 100+ points in each of the last 13 games! I am pretty sure both rivals will score close to 110 points on Friday, and that’s why I am going with Over. Also, we could have overtime, or at least a tight game that could go down to the wire.