Preview Kings vs Lakers
NBA / Pacific Division
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 2nd, 2012. 10:30 PM EST
Tickets: You can still purchase Kings Vs Lakers tickets for tonights game.
Analysis of the Sacramento Kings
The Kings are being lumped in with some of the lower-tier teams this year in the NBA, something that holds some truth and also doesn’t give Sac-Town enough credit. They’re an incredibly young team that has accomplished some big things given their inexperience and the upside of both PG Tyreke Evans and PF/C DeMarcus Cousins is absolutely through the roof. A year where they’re currently last in their division and 12-22 isn’t ideal, but with a new stadium deal to keep the team in Sacramento and a bunch of young players the situation could be a whole lot worse in northern California.
Analysis of the Los Angeles Lakers
In many respects the Lakers are the antithesis of the Kings this year. Where the Kings are struggling but have a lot of youth to look forward to the Lakers are playing well (not great, but well) though are hindered by the age of their stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Still, the Lakers are 21-14 and will solidly earn a playoff spot in the Western Conference this year. Bryant has willed his team to a good couple of weeks and the combo of Gasol and C Andrew Bynum down low makes their frontcourt one of the scariest in the league.
Sacramento Kings: PG Tyreke Evans
Evans, the rookie of the year a couple of seasons ago, has neither regressed nor progressed since entering the league in 2009. Loaded with potential, the young scorer is in desperate need of a fantastic stretch of games where he puts up 20+ points and 7-8 assists. A start against one of the better teams in the league (lacking a great point guard), could mean an upset for the Kings in LA.
Los Angeles Lakers: C Andrew Bynum
Bynum is already one of the best centers in the league (behind Orlando Magic Dwight Howard only) at a mere 24 years of age. He got his first All-Star start this year and will have to bring that level of play against one of the only centers in the NBA that will match him talent-wise in Cousins. If Bynum shuts him down then the Lakers should come out of this one on top.
The Lakers are a good defensive team only allowing 91.2 points each game (6th in the NBA). The Kings, on the other hand, are the worst in the NBA letting up almost 102 points every night. That’s a 10-point swing that favors the Lakers alone on defense. If Sacramento can come out fast, scoring 50+ by halftime, they may have a shot to outscore the Lakers. Otherwise Los Angeles will easily take advantage and Bryant may score upwards of 40 points.
The NBA, more so than many other leagues, is a fairly predictable game. That said, rivalries and divisional games are hard to pick no matter how good one team is and how bad the other. The same holds true out west in the NBA, and a Sacramento victory shouldn’t be completely off the table. As said, a strong 1st half by the Kings could mean victory. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening; the Lakers should take this one easily.
Prediction = Los Angeles Lakers: 100 – Sacramento Kings: 82
Dont forget, you can still get great Heat Vs Lakers Tickets for this Sundays game at the Staples Center. The game starts at 12:30.