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NBA Betting: Lakers vs. Kings Preview

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Saturday, 30 March 2013 06:47

Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings bettingThe Sacramento Kings know that the Sacramento City Council just passed a vote to build a new arena. They might still stay in town after all. How will this affect their play on the court?

Los Angeles Lakers @ Sacramento Kings – Saturday, March 30

In the realm of sport betting online, this rates as a particularly intriguing contest on the Saturday slate in the NBA. For bookies who take in a lot of action on NBA basketball, paying attention to the backstory of a game, such as the mindset of an underdog, is one of the most important things a bettor can do in performing research. No, this isn't necessarily true from game to game, but an analyst has to keep his or her eyes attuned to the bigger backdrop behind a pro sports team, at least when a big story develops.

Examining BSNsportsblog.com reviews during an NBA season might lead you to the conclusion that the Los Angeles Lakers, now in the eighth spot in the Western Conference and powered by a sense of urgency, will simply roll over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night in Sacramento.

However, when looking at raw numerical details and nothing else, you're only going to gain so much information. Reading beneath the surface is part of the process of playing online poker. Similarly, you need to view non-numerical components of certain contests with a vigilant eye.

 

On Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council passed a vote to move forward with a plan to build a new arena, all part of an attempt to keep the franchise in town and avoid a move to Seattle. There is fresh momentum behind the push to keep the Kings anchored in their central California home, and this is exactly the kind of thing that can transform the mood of not just a team, but a city. When the Lakers - the Kings' foremost and enduring rival - come to Sacramento for this game, there is going to be a carnival atmosphere surrounding the game. What might be a moderately excited Sacramento crowd on most nights could very easily become a frenzied crowd in this case. Sacramento fans, delighted at the prospect (not the certainty, but the improved possibility) that their team might not leave, could create a college basketball atmosphere. With the Lakers struggling in recent weeks after their surge in the standings in the first half of March, Sacramento could find fresh competitive oxygen and ambush Los Angeles. There are plenty of "normal" games during the interminably long NBA regular season, but this really isn't one of them.

Does it seem unreasonable to pick the Kings solely for intangible kinds of reasons? Perhaps, but this is why the recent ankle sprain suffered by Kobe Bryant, which rendered him a non-factor for three straight games and has reduced his level of offensive efficiency, should matter a great deal. It was also reported early Wednesday morning (March 27) that Metta World Peace has torn cartilage in his right knee, which will surely put him out of the Lakers' lineup in this contest. Sacramento is playing a vulnerable and diminished opponent, giving the Kings the opening they need in terms of on-floor matchups.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 March 2013 13:47
 
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