Sacramento Kings (22-31) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (23-29)
The Sacramento Kings will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak when they travel to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday evening. Sacramento dropped their sixth straight when they fell to the Utah Jazz on Saturday, 128-112. New Orleans takes on Cleveland on Sunday, but this preview was written prior to the conclusion of that contest. The Pelicans defeated Philadelphia on Friday, 101-94.
New Orleans is favored by 3.5-points. Sacramento won the last contest between these teams, defeating New Orleans back on February 1, 118-109. New Orleans is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
Jazz Rally to Down KingsUtah trailed Sacramento by six entering the half but rolled in the second on their way to a 128-112 victory. De'aaron Fox led Sacramento in scoring with 30 points, hitting 11 of 20 shots while adding eight assists. Richaun Holmes recorded a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Kings were hurt at the line, hitting just 14 of 22 free throws.
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Sacramento is ninth in the NBA in points per game at 114.3 but is 29th in points allowed at 118.7. They are shooting 48.1% from the field, sixth overall, and 35.9% from the three-point range.
Fox leads the team, averaging 24.7 points and 7.2 assists per game. Buddy Hield is second on the team in scoring at 16.5 points per contest. The leading rebounder is Holmes, who is averaging 9.0 rebounds per contest to go along with 14.4 points per game. Marvin Bagley (13.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) is out until late April.
Williamson Leads Pelicans to VictoryZion Williamson scored 37 points to lead New Orleans to a 101-94 victory over Philadelphia. Williamson hit 15 of 28 shots from the field and was seven of 11 from the line. He added 15 rebounds for a double-double. Brandon Ingram added 17 points but hit only five of 21 shots. Willy Hernangomez came off the bench to record a double-double, scoring 10 points and adding 10 rebounds.
New Orleans is averaging 114.6 points per game, eighth overall, while allowing 115.1 points per contest, 27th. They are shooting 48.1% from the field, seventh-best, and 35.4% from the three-point range. This team has done a great job getting to the line, fourth in the NBA in free throws per game at 18.7.
Williamson is the leader of this team, averaging 26.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. Ingram is second at 23.7 points per contest. Lonzo Ball is having a great season (14.5 ppg) but he is expected to be out for this game. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (10.2 ppg) is also out.
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
- 0-4 ATS when playing on one day’s rest.
- 0-4 ATS in their last four games against teams with a losing record.
New Orleans Pelicans:
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games as the favorite.
- 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games on Monday.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
I am not usually a fan of a team that is playing on back-to-back days, especially when that team is facing an opponent who had a day off. However, Sacramento is in the throes of a terrible slump. They are not just getting beaten, but are being handled. All but one of their recent six losses were by at least 10 points.
These teams are very similar to each other in many respects, at least statistically. The big difference is that Williamson is a dominating force that can control this game, especially on its own court. He proves to be the difference in this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 231.5. These teams have gone over in seven of the last nine meetings and have gone over in four of the last five meetings in New Orleans. On top of that, the Pelicans have gone over in 21 of their last 27 games at home.
These are two quality shooting teams that are both struggling to keep opponents from scoring. This makes for the perfect option to go over.
Take New Orleans to win, 120-113.