Free NBA Hoops Pick: Kings vs Pelicans Lines
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25-36 (11-20 V) Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans 23-38 (16-15 H)
Date: Monday, March 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -1
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
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As unbelievable as it sounds, the neither the Sacramento Kings nor the New Orleans Pelicans are out of the playoff picture just yet.
Their elimination may be a mere formality, but don’t tell that to these two groups who will be facing off Monday night.
At 25-36, the Sacramento Kings currently hold the No. 10 spot out West and truly aren’t too far behind when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. The problem is that we simply can’t trust this group to keep its collective head on straight to make that final push.
Against the Pelicans, the obvious task is one that’s easier said than done: containing Anthony Davis. The New Orleans stud is averaging 23.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game while posting a personal efficiency rating (PER) of 25.07, per ESPN.com.
The Pelicans have other dangerous weapons such as Ryan Anderson that the Kings mustn’t forget, but coming away with a win really comes down to how well they can defend The Brow.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans, while honestly a bit easier to trust than the Kings, find themselves further back in the standings. But like Sacramento, New Orleans has one clear-cut task coming into this contest.
Contain DeMarcus Cousins.
So far on the season, Boogie is averaging 27.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while posting a PER of 23.37, per ESPN.com.
If New Orleans can keep his numbers under control, it stands a chance at walking away with a win.
Home-court advantage will be extra helpful for the Pelicans in this one, as Cousins, Rajon Rondo and crew have been known to lose their cool (and focus). Rattling the stars a bit will play in New Orleans’ advantage.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Kings are 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Kings are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Kings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Kings are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Free Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prediction
The truth here is that you never know what you’re going to get out of the Kings. They may come out and prove to be a group of stars pushing for the playoffs — or they may be a bunch of knuckleheads just waiting for their summer vacation.
As much adversity (and poor offensive construction) as the Pelicans have gone through this year, it’s tough not to pick them straight up here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: New Orleans ATS
Taking it one step further, we’ll give them a win against the spread with home-court advantage on their side.
NBA Free Score Prediction: New Orleans 110 – Sacramento 102
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