The Sacramento Kings (8-4) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (6-7) on Monday, November 20th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in Smoothie King Center and televised on NBCS. The Kings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pelicans are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Mavericks. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Kings vs Pelicans
The Kings Are Coming Off A Win
The Kings beat the Mavericks in their most recent game, ending with a score of 129-113. Heading into the second half, the Kings were leading 70-65.
In today’s game against the Pelicans, the Kings aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 8-4. Currently, in the Western Conference, the team is ranked 4th, and they are 1st in the Pacific division.
Presently, Sacramento boasts an ATS record of 8-4, which is above .500 against the spread. The Kings have a three game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they hold a 5-4 record against the spread when they are the favorites.
The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
New Orleans’ most recently played the Timberwolves and lost with a final score of 121-120. At the beginning of the second half, the Pelicans were leading 64-59.
With a win over the Kings, the Pelicans will improve their record back to .500, as they are currently 6-7 overall this season. The Western Conference sees the Pelicans currently at 9th, and in the Southwest division, they are 3rd.
New Orleans is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 7-6. The Pelicans currently have a three game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 2-2 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Kings Offense Breakdown
Today, the Kings enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 117 points per game (9th). When looking at the Kings pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.8. Sacramento has been highly effective on the offensive end, thanks to their combination of an up-tempo playing style and one of the league’s top effective field goal percentages, standing at 55%.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
Through 13 games games, New Orleans is averaging 112.1 points per game (18th). So far, the Pelicans are averaging 100 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 18th in made field goals per game.
Kings Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Kings’ defense has finished two straight games with an increased number of points allowed. Overall, they are 19th in the league at 114.4 points per game allowed.
In their previous matchup vs. the Mavericks, the Kings’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 53% leading to 113 points.
Pelicans Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Pelicans’ defense is giving up an average of 115.6 points per game. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA league average in 53.8% of their games.
Opponents are hitting 57.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 32.1% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Kings And Pelicans
For today’s matchup, we project De’Aaron Fox to lead the scoring for the Kings, putting up 22 points and shooting at a rate of 8/17. For the season, he has been averaging 31.9 points per game, in addition to 4.6 rebounds.
On the other side, Brandon Ingram is our projected leading scorer for the Pelicans. We have him ending the game with a team-high 19 and grabbing 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 49%, and he is contributing 23.4 points per game on average.
Kings vs Pelicans Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Sacramento has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 113 points per game.
- Through their last ten home games, New Orleans has an ATS record of just 5-5. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 111 points per game.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Pelicans have a straight up record of 4-6. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.
- The last ten games that Sacramento was favored, they have an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 6-4 straight up.
The Kings is our selection to secure the victory, with a projected score of 110-108. We also like them to cover the spread, so we suggest betting on the Kings at -1.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 237 and given that our model is projecting 218 points between the teams, we like the under.
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