Avalanche vs Kings Prediction - NHL Picks 12/3/23

Los Angeles Kings (13-4-3) vs Colorado Avalanche (15-6-1)

Game Info: Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Los Angeles Kings -101 / Colorado Avalanche -122 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings face off on Sunday in an NHL showdown at Crypto.com Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Avalanche vs Kings prediction.

Can Kings Offense Bounce Back?

The Kings had scored at least four goals in the previous four games but in the last game against the Washington Capitals they were defeated 2-1. Arthur Kaliyev scored the only goal for the Kings. The Kings are averaging 3.85 goals while their defense is giving up 2.35 goals per game. The offense and defense are both ranked 1st in the NHL. Adrian Kempe has scored eight goals and added 12 assists. 

Los Angeles Kings Player Prop Facts

  • Kevin Fiala has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances with the Kings as home favorites against Central Division opponents.
  • Anze Kopitar has recorded at least one point in each of the Kings' last eight games against Central Division opponents.
  • Adrian Kempe has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Kings' last eight games against Western Conference opponents.
  • Trevor Lewis has recorded two hits against the Avalanche this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Avalanche Playing on Tired Legs

The Avs are playing on tired legs after a tough game on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks. The defense wasn’t great on Saturday and on tired legs the defense is going to be tested in a big way. The Avs on the season are averaging 3.73 goals while their defense is giving up 2.86 goals per game. The offense is ranked 4th while the defense is ranked 11th. On the season Cale Maker has scored seven goals and added 27 assists so far this season. The offense needs to get out to a fast start here. Colorado is 3rd in the Western Conference with 32 points, while San Jose and Chicago are at the bottom of the WC.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Los Angeles Kings ranks 1st in the league for goals per game this season (3.85).
  • The Los Angeles Kings ranks 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (89.39%).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 4th in the league for goals per game this season (3.70).
  • The Colorado Avalanche ranks 6th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (85.39%).

Avalanche vs Kings Betting Prediction

The tired legs for the Avs are going to hurt them, and Kings offense is going to get back on the right track. The Kings are averaging 3.85 goals per game, and they are going to have no issue running up the score here. The defense is also going to step up in a big way and that is going to be the difference here. The Avs on tired legs just aren’t going to be keeping up. Back the Kings on the money line. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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