Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers Preview and Prediction
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
When: Friday, November 15, 10:30 PM. ET.
The Los Angeles Lakers will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Kings Going For Fifth Win In Six Games
The Kings have played well since they dropped their first five games of the season and have won four of their last five games. They will be going for their third win in a row and fifth win in their last six games when they face the Lakers on Friday.
Head coach Luke Walton, who was fired by the Lakers after last season, will get a chance at some payback against the team he used to play for and coach.
Sacramento is averaging 105.6 points per game, but the team has played better on the offensive end during their current run. They are shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range.
In their last game, the Kings 107 points as they picked up a win over the Portland Trailblazers. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the way for Sacramento with 25 points and 10 assists. Buddy Hield finished with 20 points and four rebounds, while Nemanja Bjelica finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.
Hield suffered an ankle injury in their last game and is expected to miss Friday’s game.
The Kings have also played well defensively during their run and held the Trailblazers to 99 points in their last game. They will need to continue playing well defensively to give themselves a chance to win this game.
Lakers Going For Third consecutive Win Over Kings
The Lakers won their last two meetings against the Kings last season and will be trying to pick up where they left off and take the third consecutive game against their bitter rivals. However, getting a win on Friday won’t be an easy task for the Lakers because Sacramento is playing well right now and Luke Walton will have his team ready to go on Friday.
Los Angeles has played well offensively, averaging 110.8 points per game. The team is shooting 47 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.
They have played well since they were held to 104 points by the Toronto Raptors on Sunday and have topped 120 points in each of their last two games.
In their last game, Anthony Davis sat out to rest his ailing shoulders, but the offense didn’t miss a beat against the Golden State Warriors. LeBron James led the Lakers with 23 points, six rebounds, and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 22 points and five rebounds, while JaVale McGee finished with 18 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks.
Los Angeles has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 100.9 points per game. The team held the Warriors to 94 points in their last game and should be able to walk away with the win if they keep the Kings under 100 points on Friday.
The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team plays its home games at the Golden 1 Center. Their best seasons to date in the city were in the early 2000s, including the 2001–02 season when they had the best record in the NBA at 61–21 (a winning percentage of .744).
The Sacramento Kings are the latest and current version of one of the oldest continuously operating professional basketball franchises in the nation. They originated in Rochester, New York, as the Rochester Seagrams (a semi-professional team) in 1923, hosting a number of teams there over the next 20 years. They joined the National Basketball League in 1945 as the renamed Rochester Royals., winning that league’s championship in their first season, 1945-46. They later jumped with three other NBL teams to the Basketball Association of America, forerunner of the NBA, in 1948. As the Royals, the team was often successful on the court, winning the NBA championship in 1951. The team, however, found it increasingly difficult to turn a profit in the comparatively small market of Rochester and relocated to Cincinnati in 1957, becoming the Cincinnati Royals. In 1972 the team relocated again, this time to Kansas City, Missouri, and was renamed the Kansas City-Omaha Kings because it initially split its home games between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska. In 1975, the Kings ceased playing home games in Omaha and in 1977 simply became the Kansas City Kings. The team again failed to find success in its market and moved yet again to Sacramento in 1985, where they continue to reside today.