Lakers face Kings in second game of back-to-back

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The Lakers lost to the Kings in overtime on Oct. 29, 132-127.

LOS ANGELES — Well, it’s one of those darn back-to-backs again.

The Los Angeles Lakers took care of business on Tuesday night, spanking the Memphis Grizzlies in a one-sided affair. Up next for the Lakers? They will take on the Sacramento Kings on a Wednesday night. And, yes, we remember what happened the last time these two teams faced each other. It was an overtime classic that saw the Kings come out on top. And you know the Lakers are itching to give the Kings some payback.

The good news for the Kings is that they just got back De’Aaron Fox. In their last game, Fox scored 28 points to lead Sactown to a win against the Cavaliers. We all know what Fox can do and he has killed the Lakers over and over with clutch buckets.

In their first match-up against the Lakers, Fox couldn’t go in the overtime session (he still scored 37). That’s when ex-Laker Malik Monk took over. Monk had 11 of his 22 points in those extra five minutes and was nearly unstoppable. Kevin Huerter made the three that put away the Lakers.

So like Memphis, the Kings put up a lot of threes (third in attempts). But these guys (while in the middle in the pack in offense), unlike Memphis, are a dynamic offensive team. They’re not afraid to go into the paint (especially Fox). They’ll also exploit the Lakers’ weakness: second chance points. The Lakers have to be alert at all times with this vigorous Kings team.

I highly doubt the Lakers can match what they did against Memphis; the Lakers sank 22 three-pointers to tie a franchise record. We said before the season started that this Lakers team is capable of being an excellent three-point shooting team. Did they break through against Memphis or was this just an aberration?

Either way, they’re going to need to make their shots to match stride for stride with Sacramento. Anthony Davis has been incredible for most of the season. LeBron James was efficient against Memphis. Cam Reddish seems to have found his confidence. Rui Hachimura has been excellent since his return. Austin Reaves has his groove back and we’d like to see D’Angelo Russell continue being the engine that keeps the Lakers running. Hopefully, LeBron and AD can give it a go on Wednesday night.

It is a back-to-back so legs could be a bit tired for these Lakers. Could they overcome and get their fourth straight win? Or will the Sacramento Kings continue to have the upper hand over the Lakers?

That would be weird since the Kings never really had the upper hand in their playoff wars in the early 2000s. Still, this should be an exciting contest,