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LA Lakers vs. Sacramento, 12/26/2011 22:00
Point Spread: -2½/-105 LA Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers should be more heavily favored tonight against the Sacramento Kings. The perception of the Lakers is that they are 'down' this year after losing Lamar Odom. That perception is evident considering the fact that they were an underdog at home to the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day.
The Lakers clearly should have beaten the Bulls, blowing a double-digit lead late thanks to turnovers and wasted possessions. It was clear from watching them that they are going to be better than expected this season, and that their new additions are underrated. Troy Murphy and Josh McRoberts are going to be key contributors this year.
The Lakers' recent success against the Sacramento Kings lends reason to believe they have a solid chance to bounce back quickly from a tough loss. Los Angeles has won nine of their last 10 meetings with Sacramento.
While the Kings may be a little better this season, this is still a young squad and it's going to take some time for these players to gel together. The lockout certainly didn't help Sacramento's progress. The Lakers have also won nine of their last 10 trips to Sacramento. Bet the Lakers Monday.