Kings vs. Clippers prediction and odds for Tuesday, Dec. 12 (Back Sacramento on the road)

A full betting preview of Tuesday night's contest between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dec 2, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) dribbles the ball
Dec 2, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) dribbles the ball / Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

To wrap up the night in the Association, we have De'Aaron Fox and the Sacramento Kings taking a short trip to Los Angeles to play Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers tonight at Arena. These two teams just played each other on Nov. 29, where Los Angeles won 131-117.

The Kings received a tremendous performance from Fox in their first meeting, but they need more from Domantas Sabonis as they go up against one of the better defenses in the NBA. Sacramento hasn't had the best of luck in the second game of a back-to-back this season (0-2), but it will look to change that narrative.

Here are the odds and our best bet for Sacramento-Los Angeles:

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Kings vs. Clippers odds, spread and total

Kings vs. Clippers how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, Dec. 12
  • Game Time: 10:30 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Arena
  • How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports SoCal, NBCSCA
  • Kings Record: 13-8
  • Clippers Record: 12-10

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Kings vs. Clippers key players to watch

Sacramento Kings

De’Aaron Fox: The veteran point guard is quietly having another All-Star-caliber season for the Kings. Fox is posting 30.4 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in 36.3 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 47.6% from the field and 37.9% from deep. In Monday night’s win over the Nets, Fox lit it up from behind the arc as he went 5-for-10 en route to 29 points. 

Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard: If the Kings want to defeat the Clippers tonight, they must slow down Kawhi Leonard. Leonard had 34 points (11-for-19 FG, 3-for-8 3pt), six rebounds, and five assists in Los Angeles’ five-point win over Portland. If you thought that was impressive, Leonard put up 41 points last week against the Jazz on an efficient 14-of-23 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from 3-point range. When he’s healthy, Leonard is one of the best two-way players in the NBA.

Kings vs. Clippers prediction and pick

Sacramento is looking to get its revenge on Los Angeles, who defeated them 131-117 at Golden 1 Center on Nov. 29. The Kings crushed the Clippers on the glass (47-37), but they didn’t shoot the ball well from the three-point line (31.7%). 

Meanwhile, the Clippers shot 50% from deep and had all five starters in double figures. LA has played well at home this season (8-3), winning three straight games over the Nuggets, Warriors, and Blazers. 

The Clippers’ defense has been fantastic this season, as they are ranked sixth in opponents per game (109.8) and seventh in DRtg (111.5). LA will need its defense to show up tonight against the Kings, who are scoring 117.1 points per game this season (eighth in the NBA). The Clippers are 4-6 against the spread as home favorites and 1-2 ATS in the second game of back-to-back.

Meanwhile, the Kings have won three out of their last four games with wins over the Suns and Nuggets. Sacramento is shooting 43.1% from deep in their past four games, which is a good sign heading into tonight.

Sacramento is 4-0 ATS as a road underdog this season but 0-2 ATS in the second game of a back-to-back. The Kings have been outscored by 25 points per game as well. Even though they haven't fared well after playing the night before, Sacramento should cover the spread after the Clippers had a hard-fought win over the Blazers.

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