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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings: Match Prediction, Injury Report & How to Watch | 12 January 2022

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NBA Matchup: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings

Date: 12 January 2022

Time: 10:00 P.M. ET

The Los Angeles Lakers will look to return to winning ways as they take on the Sacramento Kings at the  Golden 1 Center. Both teams have played each other thrice where the Lakers have won twice and the Kings have won once. 

Los Angeles Lakers season so far

The Los Angeles Lakers lost the season series to the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering the third loss. Frank Vogel’s side couldn’t extend the winning streak to five games because the Lakers allowed even 80 points in the third and fourth quarters combined.

In the last ten game, the Lakeshow has a record of 5-5, while averaging 116.8 points, 43.6 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 7.9 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.3 points.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers are led by the ageless LeBron James who is averaging 28.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.7 steals in 36.8 minutes per game. He is shooting 52.8 % from the floor, 37.2% from the three-point line, and 78.5% from the free-throw line. Russell Westbrook is averaging 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and eight assists over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.

Sacramento Kings season so far

The Sacramento Kings lost five games in a row as they were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who snatched a narrow 109-108 victory at Golden 1 Center. In the last ten games, Kings have won only three games while averaging 104.8 points, 43.3 rebounds, 23.1 assists, 5.7 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.0 points per game.

 

Buddy Hield averages 3.6 made 3-pointers per game for the Kings, scoring 15.4 points while shooting 38.0% from beyond the arc. De’Aaron Fox is shooting 43.2% and averaging 19.0 points over the last 10 games for Sacramento. Tyrese Haliburton in the last five games has averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the last five games. 

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings Match Prediction

The Los Angeles Lakers are the favourites to win this against the Sacramento Kings.  Los Angeles is currently 20th with a 110.3 adjusted defensive rating while Sacramento is 27th with a 113.3 adjusted defensive rating.

The offensive numbers in terms of points per game also lean towards the Lakers as they are averaging 124.4 points in their last five games while the Kings are scoring just 102.3 points in their previous four games. Hence the Los Angeles Lakers are most likely to win this game. 

Injury Report

Los Angeles Lakers 

LeBron James – Abdomen – Game Time Decision
Kendrick Nunn – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Feb 5
Anthony Davis – Knee – Expected to be out until at least Jan 20

Sacramento Kings

Tristan Thompson – Quadriceps – Game Time Decision
Richaun Holmes – Not Injury Related – Expected to be out until at least Jan 14
Damian Jones – Covid-19 – Expected to be out until at least Jan 14

How to watch Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings?

NBA TV will air the game live on national TV. Local coverage of the match between the Sacramento Kings and LA Lakers is available via Spectrum SportsNet and NBC Sports California. Fans can also watch the game on NBA League Pass.

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