Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 3/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-6.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (24-11) go to Golden 1 Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Sacramento Kings (13-21). The odds on this contest have Los Angeles as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 231.
The Los Angeles Lakers took the court against the Golden State Warriors and took home the win by a score of 117-91 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended having earned a 47.1% field goal percentage (40 out of 85) and made 11 of their 31 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Lakers made 26 of 38 tries for a percentage of 68.4%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled 60 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 assists for the game as well as creating 20 turnovers and having 14 steals. When it comes to defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 40.7% from the field on 35 out of 86 shooting. Golden State earned 26 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Golden State collected 35 boards (3 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Golden State finished the game at 68.4% at the charity stripe by converting 13 of their 19 tries. They knocked down 8 of their 34 tries from distance.
LeBron James is a guy who was a major factor in the game. He accumulated 19 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 24:24 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. James finished the game shooting 58.3% from the field and recorded 4 assists. Another guy that came through in the matchup for the Lakers was Markieff Morris. He grabbed 8 rebounds in his 24:14 min on the court. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 4-of-8 (13 points). Overall, Morris had 4 assists.
Los Angeles will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 24-11 on the season. They are turning it over 15.3 times per contest and as a team are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 45.8 rebounds per game and has totaled 861 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 14th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Lakers are shooting 34.8% on shots from downtown (377 of 1,082) and 74.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 111.3 pts per game (19th in the NBA) while hitting 47.9% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Lakers are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game while drawing 21.7 personal fouls. The Lakers defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.8% (513 of 760) and they surrender 42.1 boards per game as a group. They rank 22nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 864 conceded on the season. They give up 35.0% on 3-pointers and they are 2nd in the league in opponents PPG (105.6).
For their last game, the Sacramento Kings went home defeated by a final of 127-126 against the Charlotte Hornets. The Kings were able to corral 24 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 33 in this matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while earning 6 steals in this game. The Hornets were called for 20 fouls for this game which took the Kings to the free throw line for 17 attempts. They were able to convert 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 58.8%. With respect to three-point shots, Sacramento made 16 out of 36 attempts (44.4%). Overall, the Kings ended up going 50 out of 92 from the floor which had them at 54.3%. The Kings permitted the Hornets to make 45 of their 84 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 53.6% in this matchup. They shot 36.7% from beyond the arc by hitting 11 out of 30 and finished the contest at 26 of 27 at the free throw line (96.3%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Sacramento permitted Charlotte to grab 38 in total (8 offensive).
Buddy Hield pitched in for the Kings for this contest. He made 10 out of 17 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 58.8%, and had 2 rebounds. Hield racked up 30 points in his 38:49 mins of playing time and had 7 assists for the contest. An additional guy that played a role for Sacramento was Harrison Barnes. He ended up with 6 dimes in 41:55 mins on the court, and he put in 10 of 14 from the floor. Barnes wrapped this one up going 71.4% from the field in addition to contributing 28 points and 6 boards.
Sacramento has a mark of 13-21 this season. Sacramento has totaled 3,888 pts this season (114.4 per contest) and they pull in 42.5 rebounds per game. The Kings are committing 19.9 fouls per contest while shooting 71.9% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Kings are shooting 47.7% from the field, which has them ranked 9th in the league. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.9 times per contest (11th in the league) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Kings defensively are ranked 30th in the NBA in PPG given up with 120.3. They have forced 13.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 49.2% from the floor (30th in the NBA). The Sacramento defense gives up 40.2% on 3-point attempts (458 of 1,139) and their opponents are connecting on 80.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 26.3 dimes and 44.7 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 26th and 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento (+6.5)
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