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(29-46) Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans (32-43)
Date: Friday March 31
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: New Orleans -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 207
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings stole all the headlines during All-Star Weekend.
Not only did Anthony Davis put together an historical ASG performance, scoring more points than anyone ever had before, but the Pellies also made the deal of the trade deadline swapping out Buddy Hield and other non-consequential pieces for arguably the best center in the game, DeMarcus Cousins.
These two face off Friday night.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
DeMarcus Cousins’ time in Sacramento was nothing if not controversial.
From his on-court shenanigans to his verbal abuse of reporters off it…all the way to management constantly trying to decide whether it should trade him or commit long term…the big fella never quite fit the part of beloved franchise fixture.
Now, with the Pelicans, Boogie will be out for revenge.
The defensive plan for Sacramento can’t drastically change if it wants to find success.
Triple-teaming Cousins just because you know he’s going to look for his own shot doesn’t make sense against a big man who not only can pass out of difficult situations, but also has a fellow-All-Star big right there next to him.
The Kings need to be both physically and mentally prepared for Cousins to put up massive numbers, but they can’t forget about the other pieces here.
Anthony Davis is an inside-outside presence who is just as likely to go off for 40 points on any given night as Cousins. Jrue Holiday can create plays for others and himself on a good night.
Bigs like Willie-Cauley Stein and Skal need to be prepared to do some serious work in the low block, as well as the perimeter.
Offensively, if Sacramento can get a nice revenge performance out of Hield, that will go a long way toward finding success.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans were hoping that the move to bring in Cousins would result in them earning the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed. And to be honest, it wasn’t all that ambitious.
Denver and Portland were the two teams most likely to get into the postseason at the time of the trade, but they were barely ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timbewolves and Pelicans.
Getting Boogie meant this group had the league’s best one-two punch at power forward and center, and with that kind of talent, it was easy to see this group making the necessary push to earn a Round 1 date with the Golden State Warriors.
The problem, of course, is that magic doesn’t happen overnight when it comes to player acquisitions. Hell, even the Miami Heat struggled out of the gate when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with Dwyane Wade in South Beach.
This team is going to be competitive once it figures out how to utilize the two big men fill the roster with complementary pieces.
That just won’t be this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Kings are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest
- Pelicans are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
Free Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
If you’re turning to recent trends here, the Pelicans have the clear edge ATS. But we’re not buying a 10.5-point victory over anybody from them at this point in the process.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Sacramento ATS
Give this one to the home-team Pelicans, but don’t expect it to be by double digits.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 105 – Sacramento Kings 99
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