Kings vs Pelicans NBA Odds, Predictions & Preview

Kings vs Pelicans NBA Odds, Predictions & Preview

Written by on March 28, 2019

The Sacramento Kings will be in all-out desperation mode as they look to take another step toward nailing down a playoff berth at the expense of a New Orleans Pelicans team that has been playing some lame-duck ball ever since Anthony Davis announced he no longer wanted to be a part of the organization. With the Kings completely and utterly desperate and the Pelicans looking to play the role of spoiler, let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this affair.

Kings vs Pelicans NBA Odds, Predictions & Preview

Why Bet On Sacramento at -4.5?

The Sacramento Kings have won three of four and come into this matchup off a hard-fought 125-121 win over Dallas on Tuesday night. Blossoming point guard De’Aaron Fox scored a team-high 23 points while Buddy Hield added 17 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer to lift Sacramento to victory and overcome a fantastic triple-double from Mavs gifted rookie Luka Doncic. The Kings are averaging 114.1 points per game (10th) while allowing 114.7 points per contest defensively (26th) and they’ve struggled in going 14-22 on the road this season.

“Just guys that want to step up in those moments,” Fox told reporters afterward. “You got a lot of guys in here that want to take that big shot.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 114.11
  • Field Goals: 46.32
  • Three Points: 37.55
  • Free Throws: 72.35
  • Rebounds: 45.57
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 114.69
  • Field Goals: 46.15
  • Three Points: 34.07
  • Free Throws: 77.07
  • Rebounds: 48.26

Why Bet On New Orleans at +4.5?

Are the Pelicans a secure bet in the NBA odds?

The New Orleans Pelicans have lost three straight and nine of their last 10 games and comes into this contest off a humbling 130-120 loss to surging Atlanta on Tuesday night. The Pelicans got a team-high 24 points from Julius Randle, 23 points from Christian Wood and 20 points from Frank Jackson, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a game-high 33 points and 12 assists from Hawks blossoming point guard Trae Young. Wood, in particular, was outstanding while playing in just his second game with the team, while putting up career highs of 23 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals.

“He’s a talented guy, and you can see some of the things he can do,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters of Wood. “Obviously he has no idea what we’re doing (in terms of playbook) to be brutally honest, but he has the talent that he can create things. Six blocked shots is pretty good on any level.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 115.42
  • Field Goals: 47.28
  • Three Points: 34.37
  • Free Throws: 75.82
  • Rebounds: 47.25
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 116.29
  • Field Goals: 46.59
  • Three Points: 36.14
  • Free Throws: 76.11
  • Rebounds: 45.63

Kings vs Pelicans NBA Betting Trends

  • Sacramento is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games on the road
  • Sacramento is 1-4 SU in the last 5 games on the road
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Sacramento’s last 6 games when playing New Orleans
  • New Orleans is 1-9 ATS in the last 10 games
  • New Orleans is 1-9 SU in the last 10 games
  • The total went OVER in 6 of New Orleans’s last 9 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Kings vs Pelicans

The Sacramento Kings are the ‘super-easy’ pick to win and cover the chalk in this matchup, seeing as how they’ve gone 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against teams from the Southwest division, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Conversely, New Orleans has gone a winless 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall. New Orleans is a complete mess and they’re just playing out the string.

NBA Betting Pick: Sacramento 115 New Orleans 111