[10:42 PM] Lakers @ Kings

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Lakers (4-4)

@ Sacramento Kings (4-5)


Current odds:

Los Angeles Lakers: (+180)

Sacramento Kings: (-220)


ESPN simulations have Los Angeles as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Sacramento to win as (TBD) favorites.

The line for this game is Sacramento by 5.5 points.

The Sacramento Kings needed to turn things around on the defensive end to move back into the win column and did just that over their last two games. The Los Angeles Lakers, who visit the Kings on Thursday, remain one of the surprise teams of the first month but could use some practice time on the defensive end as well.

Los Angeles coach Luke Walton is trying to teach a young team how to win and is allowing the players to make some mistakes along the way. Julius Randle, 21, collected 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Mavericks but also committed six of the team’s 17 turnovers.

Sacramento is trying to figure out how to win under a new coach as well, and Dave Joerger’s path to victory starts on the defensive end. The Kings gave Anthony Davis 34 points but did not let anyone else beat them and limited the Pelicans to 5-of-21 from 3-point range on Tuesday. Point guard Darren Collison made his season debut after sitting out the first eight games while serving a league suspension and came off the bench to deliver nine points, four assists and two steals in 28 minutes.

Lakers PF Larry Nance Jr. is dealing with a concussion and is questionable for Thursday.

Kings PF Anthony Tolliver (knee) sat out the last four games and is day-to-day.

Sacramento is enjoying a seven-game winning streak in the series and took the four meetings last season by an average of 12 points.


StreakSmarts Pick: Sacramento Kings

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick