New Orleans Pelicans (1-3; 2-2 ATS 2-2 O/U) vs. Sacramento Kings (1-3; 2-2 ATS; 1-3 O/U)
NBA: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 10:30pm EST
Line: Sacramento -2
The Sacramento Kings will clash with the New Orleans Pelicans in a Western Conference matchup Wednesday night from the Golden 1 Center. The Pelicans are coming off a 103-93 home loss to the Trail Blazers, and the Kings were edged 117-115 by the Suns in their latest action. The Kings won two of three against the Pelicans last season.
Anthony Davis Injured in Pelicans Loss
The New Orleans Pelicans conceded 32 points in the fourth quarter in their 103-93 road loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The Pelicans only shot 39.5% from the field and were out-rebounded 67-48. Anthony Davis left after scoring five points with a leg injury, and although it is not series, he is listed as questionable for this contest. DeMarcus Cousins put forth a tremendous effort in the loss, sinking 39 points on 12 for 23 shooting, and collected 13 rebounds. The 27-year old power forward is off to an outstanding start to the year, averaging a team-leading 31 points and 12 rebounds per game. Cousins dropped 37 points in one game against his former team last season. Jrue Holiday scored 14 points for the second straight game in the loss and added a season-high seven assists. The 27-year old point guard is now averaging 11.3 points in four games played.
The Pelicans have lost three of their first four games and are 1-2 in their three road games this season. They are now scoring an average of 105.8 points per game, ranking them 13th in the NBA. New Orleans is allowing an average of 111.5 points, placing them 22nd in the NBA.
De’Aaron Fox Off to Strong Start with Kings
The Sacramento Kings played poor defense in their 117-115 road loss to the Suns on Sunday night. The Kings converted on just 43.4% of their attempts from the field, while the Suns were able to shoot 54.5% on the night. Rookie De’Aaron Fox came through with his best game of the season in the loss, sinking 19 points on 7 for 16 shooting, and added five rebounds. The 19-year old point guard was drafted fifth overall out of Kentucky and has a bright future ahead of him. Fox is averaging 15 points in four games played this season. George Hill struggled in the loss, going 0 for 5 from the field and finished with two points. The 31-year old pout guard is now on a poor 1 for 10 stretch from the field, and is only averaging 10.8 points on the season. Hill did have a strong 2016-2017 with the Jazz, posting a career-best 16.9 points per game.
The Kings are a very young team with plenty of intriguing talent but will take their fair share of losses this season. They have lost three out of their first four games with their lone win coming against the Mavericks. The Kings are averaging 96.8 points per game, ranking them 28th in the NBA. Sacramento is allowing an average of 101.5 points per game, placing them 11th overall.
The New Orleans Pelicans are:
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning percentage below .400.
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games.
The Sacramento Kings are:
- 15-37-1 ATS in their last 53 games playing on two days of rest.
I am siding with the Pelicans in this contest. The Kings are inexperienced and have struggled to score points in three of their four games this season, and are only shooting 42.6% from the field. I still like the Pelicans even with Anthony Davis questionable for this one. DeMarcus Cousins is off to a tremendous start to the season and the Kings don’t have anyone that can match him. Cousins is averaging 31 points and 12 rebounds per game, while the Kings don’t yet feature a star player capable of taking a game over.