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(7-17) Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans (13-12)
Date: Friday December 8
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -8
NBA Betting Total: 211.5
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Friday December 8, finds Inter Conference rivals the Sacramento Kings tipping off versus the New Orleans Pelicans. Sacramento enters fresh off contributing to Cleveland’s win streak and is 4-6 in their last 10 games. Notably, the Kings beat the Golden State Warriors, so they aren’t a team who can be ignored. The Pelicans meanwhile enter fresh off a win over the Nuggets.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Kings winning two of the three contests, but the Pelicans have taken the last two meetings. The Pelicans hold the all-time record having bested the Kings 29 of their 52 matches.
The Sacramento Kings are lottery bound and continue to use this season to develop their youthful roster. Zach Randolph, George Hill and Vince Carter originally signed believing they would serve as mentors, but also hopefully make the Kings competitive. Notably the trio of veterans is now functioning in just the former portion of that equation.
Hill specifically has witnessed a major regression in his production and playing time. This will likely translate to the Kings looking to move the disenchanted veteran (and possible Randolph and/or Carter too) at the trade deadline. Part of the reason Hill isn’t getting minutes is the early success of the young rookie point guards. Surprisingly, it’s not De’Aaron Fox who is the one excelling – it’s Frank Mason Jr. Four years of NCAA ball is translating to the court as he calmly runs the offense and is shooting over 50% from the perimeter which makes the decision easy for Coach Dave Joerger
Willie Cauley-Stein missed the last outing due to a lower-back strain and will be out once again. This makes for a tough night given the beast that is DeMarcus Cousins.
New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis has missed the last two games after injuring his groin in the Utah Jazz match and is likely to miss this game as well since the Pelicans won’t take any unnecessary risks in rushing him back. In his absence DeMarcus Cousins has carried the load with mixed results. New Orleans pushed the Golden State Warriors but ultimately lost and Cousins was ejected for an altercation with Kevin Durant. Cousins led the Pelicans to a win over the Nuggets behind his 40 point and 22 rebound double-double.
Certainly every time the Pelicans play the Kings there is extra excitement particularly for Cousins as he faces his former squad. The last time the teams met Cousins posted 41 points, 23 rebounds (8 offensive boards), 6 assists along with a steal and a block.
NBA Betting Trends:
- In the last 7 games the Kings are 5-1-1 ATS.
- Over is 7-3 in Kings last 10 road games.
- Over is 9-3 in the last 12 head to head meetings in New Orleans.
- In the last 6 games Pelicans are 2-4 ATS.
- The last 5 games for the Pelicans the total score has been Over.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Sacramento Kings have surprised some of the top tier teams, but without Willie Cauley-Stein in the lineup they’ll be hard pressed to beat the Pelicans. Factor in the big man (Cousins) who’ll want to crush the Kings every time he faces his former team and it it doesn’t bode well for Sacramento.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the Pelicans to win by at least five
There is simply too much working against the Kings including a 3-11 road record. Odds were off as of posting, but I’m leaning toward New Orleans taking this round with a minimum of a five point differential.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 111 – Kings 101
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