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(15-34) Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans (27-22)
Date: Tuesday January 30
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 211
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Tuesday January 30, the Sacramento Kings arrive at the Smoothie King Center to take on hosts the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings enter New Orleans having lost to the Spurs in their last game. The Pelicans four game win streak was broken by the Clippers in their last outing.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Kings taking two of three and have split the two games they’ve played this season. The Pelicans holds the all-time record having bested the Kings 29 times of their 53 matches.
Although not the first game the Pelicans will play without Cousins, this game is particularly poignant given the circumstances.
Prior to the loss in San Antonio the Kings delivered back to back winning efforts vs. the Magic and a surprise one point upset victory over the Heat.
Perhaps in response to being left off the All-Stars, Rising Stars game De’Aaron Fox chose to showcase his skills versus the Spurs. Although a loss Fox registered 26 points and shot 100 percent from deep hitting all six perimeter shots.
The Kings could be without six roster players. Malachi Richardson (ankle), Garrett Temple (ankle) and Skal Labissiere (shoulder) all missed the Spurs match and are questionable for this game.
Temple and Labissiere are rumored to be available for trade which begs the question of whether the Kings are just making sure they remain healthy and tradeable.
Willie Cauley-Stein (knee) also missed the Spurs game but is definitely out vs. New Orleans. Frank Mason (foot) won’t return until the end of February.
Sad to hear the Kings have decided to red shirt rookie Harry Giles (knees) this season.
New Orleans Pelicans
The loss of DeMarcus Cousins to a torn Achilles tendon sent reverberations through the NBA. The timing of the injury is particularly cruel as Cousins is in his contract year and was set to enter free agency looking for a max deal.
This also would have marked Cousins first foray into the postseason in his eighth year as a pro.
On the season Cousins ranked ninth in scoring (25.2), third in rebounds (12.9), tenth in blocks (1.6), fourth in triple-doubles (3) and second in double -doubles (38). Bottom line, there is no way the Pelicans can replace this loss with just one player.
Certainly the Pelicans will rely more heavily on the other half of the modern era twin towers, Anthony Davis. But, even Davis will be greatly affected as he’ll face increased defensive attention and be required to do more offensively moving forward.
The initial report out of New Orleans is the sixth seeded Pelicans intend to continue their efforts and will look to augment the roster prior to the trade deadline February 8th.
Tony Allen (leg), Frank Jackson (foot), Solomon Hill (hamstring) are all expected to return to the lineup in February. DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) and Alexis Ajinca (knee) are out for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 10-4 in Kings last 14 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 12-3 in Pelicans last 15 home games.
- Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Underdog is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 head to head meetings.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction: line is off
Although the Pelicans are no doubt snake bitten by losing Cousins, this game perhaps more than any other is important to win, if for no other reason than to demonstrate solidarity with the injured big man.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans ATS
In a ‘Gipper’ moment the Pelicans take this one for Cousins.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 107 – Kings 99
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