Sacramento hasn't made the postseason in 10 years, but big man DeMarcus Cousins could change that.
He's averaging 31.1 points and 13.4 rebounds over his last eight games, and the Kings (17-23) sit one-half game out of the final Western Conference playoff spot. They're 5-3 in January.
Sacramento is pouring in 114.8 points per game this month, second to Golden State's 115.1.
The Kings go for their third straight win and cover Wednesday night at the Lakers. With the Kings rested after three days off and laying 6.5 points, SportsLine was calling Sacramento an "A" pick and predicting an 11-point win as of Wednesday morning.
The computer also had a strong recommendation on Under 215.
On Jan. 7 at home, Sacramento built a 27-point second-half lead before surviving a furious Lakers' rally in a 118-115 win. L.A. stayed within the 8.5-point spread. In the previous five meetings with the Lakers, the Kings went 4-0-1 ATS.
The Lakers come into this game losers of three straight -- by 18, 27 and 17 points.
"My gut says we should be proud to play a team that almost stole a game from us," coach George Karl told the Sacramento Bee. "Our personality has been somewhat ... (that) we fail to meet the level of competition against the weaker teams."
SportsLine also had an A-rated pick on Warriors-Bulls, the marquee matchup on the 11-game card.
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Last night on SportsLine: There were no A-rated picks, but B-rated picks went 4-1 (2-0 spreads, 2-1 totals). A-rated spreads remain 111-83, or 57.2 percent.
The analysts say: Analyst Matty Simo (115-118-3 on NBA picks) likes the Thunder to cover at home against the Hornets, noting OKC has won the past 10 meetings while going 9-1 ATS.
"In the last meeting, Oklahoma City got off to a fast start by outscoring Charlotte 34-22 in the first quarter and then closed out the game with a 22-14 edge in the fourth," Simo writes. "The Thunder's bench was the story, outscoring the Hornet reserves 42-22 while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 45.
"Charlotte simply does not match up well with Oklahoma City, which is why the team's last win in the series came back in 2010."
Trends to note: The 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games, while the Magic are 2-7 ATS in their last nine; Philly is a 7-point road dog Wednesday. ... The Mavericks are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games after allowing 100-plus points in their previous game; host Dallas is laying 9 points to Minnesota on Wednesday.
Injuries to watch: Heat PG Goran Dragic (calf) is doubtful to face the Wizards. ... Knicks F Carmelo Anthony is expected to play through his ankle injury against the Jazz, but rookie F Kristaps Porzingis (foot) is questionable. ... Jazz F Derrick Favors (back spasms) is doubtful. ... Lakers G Kobe Bryant (Achilles) is a "go" for Wednesday's game against the Kings, while F Larry Nance Jr. (knee) is doubtful. ... Hornets G Jeremy Lamb (toe) is questionable at OKC after missing the past three games.
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