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    LA Lakers versus Sacramento Kings Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 3-17-2013


    by tonytssportsbets

    The 23-43 Sacramento Kings will travel to face the 35-32 LA Lakers in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 9:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

    The odds from this NBA pro basketball game will be released on Sunday afternoon as Kobe Bryant has been listed at questionable with a sprained ankle. DeMarcus Cousins for Sacramento is questionable with a thigh bruise.

    The teams have met twice this season with each club winning and covering the point spread on their home court. Both games played over the total.

    Sacramento has a road record of 6-28 straight up on the year. They come off the 121-79 home win on Wednesday to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday as a +3 ½ point underdog. The game landed over 197 ½ points. The Kings stormed out to the 65-36 lead at the half. They shoot 54.2% from the floor and made 9 of 23 three pointers. Sacramento held the offensively challenged Chicago Bulls just 38.6% from the field. Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 26 points and 5 rebounds on 11 of 13 shooting. The Kings have struggled mightily on the defensive end of the court this season. They are 30th and last in the NBA in points allowed as Sacramento gives up 104.7 points a game. Teams connect on 47% of their shots against the Kings ranking Sacramento 29th and second to last in defensive field goal percentage.

    The Lakers are 22-11 at home on the season. They return home from a 2-1 road trip after a 99-93 victory on Friday to the Indiana Pacers as a +8 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 191 points. LA has now won seven of their past nine games. They shot 42.3% from the floor but were hot from three point distance by hitting on 13 of 26 from beyond the arc. The Lakers held the Pacers to just 37.4% from the field and win despite pulling down six less rebounds. Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds on 7 of 17 shooting. LA currently sits in the eighth seed in the Western conference and one game ahead of the ninth seeded Utah Jazz with 15 games remaining to be played. The good defense has come at the right time for the Lakers. They have held their past four opponents to 97 or fewer points.