As we head into the weekend, we have quite a few Friday night games on this NBA slate. On NBATV tonight, the Sacramento Kings are taking on the Los Angeles Lakers on NBATV. This is the third and final matchup between these teams during this shortened NBA season. The Kings vs. Lakers NBA betting picks preview will find the best NBA betting odds, give you some betting trends, and show the best NBA picks and NBA predictions available.
NBA Betting Preview: Picks, Odds & Betting Trends Tonight
Sacramento Kings (25-37, 11-19 Away) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (36-26, 17-13 Home)
Date: Friday, April 30, 2021
Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
Venue: STAPLES Center — Los Angeles, Calif.
The Kings are coming off just about as poor of a defensive effort as imaginable. While Sacramento has been among the worst defensive teams all season long, they took it to a new level on Wednesday, surrendering 154 points in regulation the Jazz, in their 49-point loss. It was somewhat expected with the Kings playing without Harrison Barnes. They will continue to be without his services tonight, as he joins starting point guard De’Aaron Fox on the inactive list yet again. However, Marvin Bagley is currently listed as probable to play tonight. He has been out since mid-March. Awesemo is projecting him for 25 minutes and 15 points in his return. Buddy Hield is projected to lead the Kings in scoring, with 19 points.
Despite Anthony Davis returning to the lineup, the Lakers have continued to struggle. They are 1-4 over their past five games, though they now have six of their last eight games at home, with one of their away games being against the Clippers. The Lakers struggled to put the ball through the hoop last game, shooting 43.8% from the field and 13-for-21 from the free throw line. Davis led the team with 26 points in 31 minutes as he looks nearly 100% back from injury. Awesemo projects Davis with 22 points tonight. It remains to be seen if he and Andre Drummond can be successful playing next to each other, as has been the case with Drummond and frontcourt teammates his entire career. Awesemo currently projects him to play 26 minutes tonight, though they have been a bit volatile.
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Kings vs. Lakers betting across the major sportsbooks. The odds expressed are from 12 p.m. EST on April 30, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.
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NBA Odds: Moneyline
- Kings: (+295) — SugarHouse, FanDuel, DraftKings
- Lakers: (-350) — William Hill
NBA Odds: Spread
- Kings: +8.5 (-114) — FanDuel
- Lakers: -8 (-110) — BetMGM, PointsBet, William Hill
NBA Odds: Point Total
- Over: 222.5 (-110) — BetMGM, FanDuel, William Hill
- Under: 223.5 (-113) — SugarHouse, DraftKings
Kings vs. Lakers NBA Betting Trends
- Sacramento is 3-12 straight up in its last 15 games.
- Sacramento is 2-7 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games against the Lakers.
- The Lakers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has hit the over in eight of the Lakers’ last 12 games.
Kings vs. Lakers Prediction
The Kings are 16-14 against the spread on the road this season, while the Lakers are 12-18 at home. However, the Kings are 12-23-1 against the spread following a loss, showing they don’t typically bounce back. I do not trust either team enough to bet the spread, though I would lean Kings. Instead, I’ll look to the point total. The Lakers’ biggest issue is their inability to score consistently. However, anyone can score against the Kings. For that reason, I’m betting the over.
Prediction: OVER 222.5
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