The New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) travel to face off against the Sacramento Kings (11-7) on Monday, December 4th. This game will be played at Golden 1 Center in Golden 1 Center and televised on TNT. 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 Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Pelicans vs Kings
The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Pelicans conveyed a message to the Bulls with a score of 124-118. At the beginning of the second half, the Pelicans were leading 61-53.
When playing at home, the Pelicans are 8-4 this season and have a road record of 3-6. Overall, they are 11-10 and have gone 2-3 in their last five games.
New Orleans has an overall ATS record of 12-9 for the season so far. New Orleans has failed to cover the spread in three straight road games and are 3-6 ATS on the road compared to 9-3 at home.
The Kings Are Coming Off A Win
The Kings took down the Nuggets in their most recent game with a final score of 123-117. the Kings not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -3.5-point favorites. The over/under line entering this matchup was 235.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
So far this season, the Kings have gone 11-7 overall and are 2-1 in their last three games. When facing other Western Conference teams, the Kings are 10-7 and are 1-0 in non-conference play.
Sacramento has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 10-8 against the spread. On the road, the Kings have an ATS record of 6-4 compared to a 4-4 record vs. the spread at home.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
In 21 games games, New Orleans has an average of 114 points per game (15th). Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. If the New Orleans offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.3 turnovers per game.
Kings Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Kings’ offense is rated 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 116.5 points per contest. So far, Sacramento is averaging 100.9 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Although their effective field goal percentage in the NBA stands lower at just 54%, the team’s up-tempo style of play has helped them make up for their below average shooting numbers.
Pelicans Team Defense
At present, the Pelicans’ defense is ranked 16th, allowing 113.2 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Pelicans defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 57.0% and 33.4% from three-point territory.
Kings Team Defense
Currently, the Kings’ defense holds the 21st rank in the NBA, allowing 116.7 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 55.5% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.1% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Pelicans And Kings
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Brandon Ingram as the primary point contributor for the Pelicans, finishing with 16 points while maintaining a 6/11 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 23.4 points per game, along with 5.2 rebounds.
As for Sacramento, De’Aaron Fox is projected to be the primary scorer for the Kings. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 20, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.6%, and he is contributing 30.3 points per game on average.
Pelicans vs Kings Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Pelicans offense has averaged 109 points per game while allowing an average of 113. New Orleans posted an overall record of 3-7 while going 3-7 ATS.
- Across the Kings last three home games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 119. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.
- As the betting underdog, the Pelicans have an ATS record of 5-0 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Kings have a straight up record of 3-2, while going 2-3 against the spread.
The Pelicans come in as the underdog at +4, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 235 and our model has the Pelicans and Kings finishing with a combined 226 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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