Top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers (52-18) will face eliminated Sacramento Kings (30-41) in the last seeding game in Orlando. Here we look at the Match Preview and TV Schedule.
The seeding games in the bubble have two days of action left. The 22 teams will play their final seeding games between today and tomorrow. Seven matches are lined up for today. The Kings will play the Lakers, with the former heading back home and the latter prepping itself for tricky 1st round playoff series.
As Sacramento Kings are out of the playoff contention and Lakers have already secured top spot in the West, both teams will look to give their bench some playing minutes to avoid possible injuries on both ends.
However, expect the Kings to go for more in this game, as they would love to leave the Bubble with a win under their belt.
The two teams will enter the match with a win; Lakers defeated Nuggets 124-121. Nuggets have settled for the 3rd spot as they lost to No.2 seed Clippers yesterday. Kings won against the Pelicans 112-106, who too will be leaving the Bubble post the end of seeding games.
Where to watch Lakers vs Kings on TV and Online?
The game is scheduled at 1:30 PM (ET) and can be watched on the following platforms:
- NBA TV (Accessed through NBA League Pass)
- Spectrum SportsNet
- NBC Sports California
- Radio: 710 ESPN
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If you wish to watch the match on NBA TV, then you must get your hands on the NBA League Pass through NBA official website.
Kings vs Lakers Preview
The game has no significance at all, but Lakers will look to enter the playoffs with a two-game winning streak, and Kings, on the other hand, will want to end their 2019-20 NBA Season with a win. Both teams have two wins in the last five seeding games.
De’Aaron Fox has been the stand out performer for the Kings. He is averaging 21.1 points in the season. Fox is likely to sit out of today’s match as he will not want to leave the bubble with an injury. Kings entered the bubble with the possibility of getting a playoffs berth, but Suns, Blazers and Spurs have played far better than the Kings.
Lakers’ first-round opponent is yet to be decided. Suns, Blazers, Spurs, and Grizzlies fight for the eight seed has stretched to the last game followed by a play-in-tournament between 8th and the 9th seed team.
There is no reason for LeBron and Davis or any other regular starter to feature against Kings. The side will aim to enter the playoffs with a healthy squad; they will give some playing minutes to their reserves. Talen Horton-Tucker, Kostas Antetokounmpo, J.R. Smith, and Devontae Cacok may get some playing time in today’s match.
But if Frank Vogel feels that the team needs to work on something together in a game-like scenario, he could give his starting lineup and main rotation players a couple of quarters of game time.
While the result of this match is irrelevant, the Lakers will not want a poor performance behind them right before a tricky 1st round playoff series vs the Blazers or Suns.
The probable lineup for Lakers
The probable lineup for Kings