New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings - 1/17/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Sacramento Kings (5-8) vs New Orleans Pelicans (4-7)
Game Info: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Golden 1 Center)
Betting Odds: Sacramento Kings +2 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings meet Sunday in NBA action at the Golden 1 Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 105.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 107.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.5 points and 6.6 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 21.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and Nickell Alexander-Walker is dishing 1.4 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.3 rebounds per game.
The Sacramento Kings need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 113.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 123.2 points on 50.1 percent shooting. De'Aaron Fox is averaging 18.8 points and 2.8 rebounds while Harrison Barnes is averaging 17.1 points and 3.2 assists. Buddy Hield is the third double-digit scorer and Richaun Holmes is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 39.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.1 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Kings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Pelicans last 6 overall. The over is 6-1 in Kings last 7 overall. The Pelicans are 10-21-1 ATS in the last 32 meetings in Sacramento.
I'm not trying to back either one of these teams if we're being completely honest and the free bucket with the Kings is probably where the value is at. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are simply the better team here no matter how you slice it and it's probably only a matter of time before they get their act together. I have a hard time getting behind the Kings and a defense that shows no effort. Give me the Pelicans and small chalk if forced to pick.