Detailed spectroscopic identification and analysis of lines emitted by Ni-like ions may infer on plasma parameters, such as electron density, temperature, and ionization state. Spatially, resolved X-ray spectra of samarium laser produced plasma were recorded in the 7 to10 Å wavelength range. Measured line intensity ratios of Ni-like 3d-5f, 3p-4d, 3p-4s, and 3s-4p transitions were used for electron density diagnostic as a function of the distance from the target. Calculations using Hebrew University Lawrence Livermore Atomic Code show that these ratios are not very sensitive to the electron temperature in the range from 500 to 1000 eV. Self-absorption of some lines is found to be important at electron densities higher than 1021cm−3. The inferred ranges of electron density and temperature are found to be consistent with results of hydrodynamic simulations and models of ionization in plasma.