Lakers -6.5 Welcome Worn-Down Sacto to Staples

Jason Lake

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:29 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 12:29 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a difficult time beating the basketball odds, but they get to play a tired Sacramento Kings team Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Sacramento Kings vs L.A. Lakers

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Free NBA Pick: Lakers –6.5Best Line: at Pinnacle

Basketball as we know it is under attack. LaVar Ball, outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, told ESPN over the weekend that Lakers coach Luke Walton has lost control of his team. Surely Ball père wouldn’t have said that unless he thought it was good for family business. Then again, Big Baller Brand just got an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau.

After all this went down, the Lakers went out Sunday night and beat the Atlanta Hawks 132-113 as 3.5-point home faves. They’ve got all their players back from the injured list, including Ball fils, and their next game is Tuesday night (10:30 p.m. ET, NBA-TV) against a Sacramento Kings team that will be playing on zero days of rest. The Kings are taking the I-5 South after losing 107-100 at home to the San Antonio Spurs (–5.5). They’re 6.5-point puppies on the NBA odds board as we go to press. It’s clobberin’ time.

Face the Face

The Lakers might be healthy, but we can’t have an NBA game without wondering who’ll suit up. George Hill (minus-1.1 BPM) has been away from the Kings awaiting the birth of a child, which may be happening as I write this. Breathe! Zach Randolph, on the other hand, is back with the team after undergoing oral surgery – not the first time he’s had a procedure done this year. Randolph (plus-0.3 BPM) shot 4-of-12 against the Spurs in 25 minutes of floor time.

The Kings also have De’Aaron Fox (minus-5.5 BPM) back in the lineup after he missed six games with a partial quad tear. From a betting perspective, I thought that was a good thing for Sacramento, but they went 2-4 SU and ATS during his absence. And they’ve gone 1-2 SU and ATS since his return. Maybe Fox doesn’t move the needle that much – or maybe it’s just the small sample size talking.

We’re still inclined to recommend the Lakers for your NBA picks. FiveThirtyEight only has L.A. as a 6-point favorite using their CARMELO-based projections, but ESPN’s Basketball Power Index has the Lakers winning 75.3 percent of the time, or around –7.5 according to Wizard of Odds. Plus, our consensus reports show a slight 52-percent lean towards the home side in early betting. Keep the bet size accordingly small, and may the sphere be with you.

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