Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers 12/30/18: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings Preview

Just three days removed from a battle in Northern California, the Los Angeles Lakers (20-16) have home court now as they look to avenge their 116-117 loss to the Sacramento Kings (19-16).

The Lakers were led by Kyle Kuzma with 33 points, who stepped in as LeBron James is still out with a groin injury.

Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench for 23 points, and De’Aaron Fox nearly had a triple-double.

Aside from looking to avenge their loss and get past a two-game losing streak, the Lakers are just a half-game ahead of the Kings in the Western Conference standings. A loss to the Kings at home could push the Lakers, who were recently fourth in the West, outside the top eight.

TV Schedule

Date: 12/30/18
Time: 9:30pm ET
Arena: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Lakers Starting Lineup

PGLeBron James
SGKentavious Caldwell-Pope
SFDanny Green
PFAnthony Davis
CJaVale McGee

Lakers Analysis


The young Lakers core of Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball have done their best to try to keep the ship afloat after losing James in a Christmas day win over the Golden State Warriors.

But the highs of beating the Warriors were immediately met by lows of James’ absence and losses against Sacramento and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Regardless of the talent on the roster, James is certainly the difference between the Lakers being a playoff contender and being a bubble team, as has been made apparent by the last two games.

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Sacramento Kings Starting Lineup

PGDe'Aaron Fox
SGBuddy Hield
SFBogdan Bogdanovic
PFNemanja Bjelica
CWillie Cauley-Stein

Kings Analysis

Sacramento Kings

The Kings are coming into this game with some extended rest after the Lakers game, and they’ve won six of their last 10 games.

Sacramento has been turning some heads this season by being right in the thick of things in the Western Conference. It’s been a mixture between younger up-and-coming stars and veterans that have the Kings looking much improved this season.

Nemanja Bjelica was a very unheralded offseason signing for Sacramento and he’s having a career year in Sacramento. Iman Shumpert, who had bounced around between the Knicks and Cavaliers, seems to be having a resurgent year in Sacramento. His leadership and defense have been welcome additions. At the same time Fox, Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Bogdanaovic have been solid all season, giving coach Dave Joerger and the Kings a solid foundation.

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Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Odds

The Kings are the favorites heading into tonight’s game by a razor-thin margin of -1. The over/under is set at 232 points, and there has only been minimal movement on the moneyline with Sacramento opening at -120 and now live at -115. Los Angeles opened at +100 and are now -105.

Although the Lakers will be at home, they only have a 43.6 win percentage at Staples Center and are 61-158 as the underdog. Sacramento is 51-89 on the road but 40-26 as the favorite.

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

As I said for their last game, with LeBron James out, there really aren’t any stud picks in this game, so the value picks are once again Kyle Kuzma and De’Aaron Fox.

Kuzma ($7.2k) has followed a standout rookie season with a sophomore campaign that clearly has him looking like a future all-star. He’s projected for 38.9 points on FanDuel tonight. Fox ($9k) is also having an incredible sophomore campaign. He’s expected to finish with 38.45 points.

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