Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings Prediction, 4/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Sacramento Kings
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+4)
Golden 1 Center is the venue where and the Sacramento Kings (22-26) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (30-18) on Friday. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 222.
The Los Angeles Lakers took the court against the Milwaukee Bucks and took a loss by a final of 112-97 in their last game. Los Angeles ended the game having earned a 40.2% FG percentage (35 out of 87) and converted 10 of their 36 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Lakers buried 17 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 77.3%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 40 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 22 assists in this game as well as forcing 21 turnovers and having 9 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 53.2% from the floor on 42 out of 79 shooting. Milwaukee recorded 23 assists and had 13 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Milwaukee snagged 42 rebounds (7 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 5 rejections. Milwaukee finished shooting 77.8% from the free throw line by converting 14 of 18 shots. They buried 14 of 26 attempts from 3-point land.
Dennis Schröder is a guy who played a role in this contest. He accumulated 17 points on 6 out of 18 shooting. He played for 31:49 minutes and also snagged 3 rebounds. Schröder ended up shooting 33.3% from the field and also dished out 8 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Lakers was Kyle Kuzma. He pulled down 7 rebounds in 34:18 minutes played. He finished 41.2% from the field for the game by going 7-of-17 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, Kuzma totaled 3 assists.
Los Angeles heads into this contest with a record of 30-18 for the campaign. They average 110.4 pts per game (21st in the NBA) while connecting on 47.8% from the field. The Lakers are shooting 34.8% on shots from 3-point land (511 of 1,470) and 74.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 45.1 boards per game and has totaled 1,177 dimes so far this year, which ranks 16th in the league in terms of passing. They cough up possession 15.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 19.0 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Lakers are able to force 15.0 turnovers per game while drawing 21.5 fouls. They rank 23rd in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,200 surrendered for the season. The Lakers are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.5% (718 of 1,034) and they relinquish 41.9 rebounds per game as a unit. They are giving up 35.2% from 3-point land and they are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points per game allowed (106.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Sacramento Kings took a loss by a score of 120-106 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Kings pulled down 32 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this game. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Spurs committed 17 fouls in the game which got the Kings to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 89.5%. With regard to three-point shots, Sacramento buried 11 of their 35 tries (31.4%). When the game finished, the Kings went 39 out of 92 from the floor which had them shooting 42.4%. The Kings allowed the Spurs to make 43 of 92 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.7% in the game. They finished shooting 38.5% from downtown by connecting on 10 out of 26 and finished the contest at 24 of 34 at the charity stripe (70.6%). When discussing attacking the glass, Sacramento allowed San Antonio to get 54 in all (14 offensive).
De'Aaron Fox ended up being important for the Kings in the game. He converted 7 of 18 for the game for a field goal percentage of 38.9%, but wasn't able to grab a board. Fox recorded 20 points in his 33:41 minutes of playing time and had 4 assists for this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Sacramento was Tyrese Haliburton. He ended up with 2 dimes in his 29:39 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 7 out of 15 from the floor. Haliburton finished going 46.7% from the field and also earning 18 points and 1 rebound.
Sacramento has a record of 22-26 this season. The Kings commit 19.6 fouls per game and they go 73.7% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 25.7 times per contest (11th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. Sacramento has 5,518 points for the season (115.0 per contest) and they pull down 42.5 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Kings are hitting on 48.4% from the field, which is 6th in basketball. The Kings on the defensive side of the court are 29th in the NBA in points given up per game with 118.5. They relinquish 25.4 assists and 44.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 22nd and 19th in basketball. The Sacramento defense gives up 39.1% on 3-point shots (604 of 1,544) and their opposition knocks down 79.9% of their foul shots. They are able to force 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 48.8% from the floor (30th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Sacramento (-4)
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