Pelicans vs Kings Prediction - NBA Picks 1/7/24

Sacramento Kings (21-13) vs New Orleans Pelicans (21-15)

Game Info: Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Golden 1 Center)

Betting Odds: Sacramento Kings -3.5 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings duke it out at the Golden 1 Center on Sunday night. Here’s a Pelicans vs Kings Prediction.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in great shape as they've won nine of their last 13 games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back in this one after getting thrashed by the Clippers in a 111-95 loss on Friday. Jonas Valanciunas and Jordan Hawkins led the scoring with 13 points each while Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram all scored 12 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 35 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line, but they just couldn't recover after going cold and scoring just 15 points in the second quarter to fall behind by double digits early. Things only got worse in the second half as the Pelicans trailed by as many as 31 points before they made a late rally to keep the final scores somewhat respectable.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • C.J. McCollum ranks 6th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.4) this season.
  • Herb Jones ranks 15th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Sacramento Kings

Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings have been heating up lately as they've won four of their last five games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight win after sneaking past the Raptors in a 135-130 home win on Friday. De'Aaron Fox led the team with 24 points on 10 of 20 shooting, Domantas Sabonis tallied 24 points with 15 rebounds and 11 assists while Keegan Murray chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Kings shot 52 percent from the field and a sizzling 21 of 38 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 77 points in the first half to take a 23-point lead, before they held off a late charge from the Raptors who cut the lead to just three points at one stage.

Sacramento Kings Player Facts

  • Domantas Sabonis ranks 1st amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.9) this season.
  • De'Aaron Fox ranks 5th amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.6) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Kings rank 30th in the league for free throw percentage this season (72.9%).
  • The Kings rank 2nd in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.4).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent steals per game this season (6.4).
  • The Pelicans rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (38.9).

Pelicans vs Kings Prediction

The Pelicans have ruled out Jose Alverado again and they have Zion Williamson listed as questionable, while the Kings are keeping an eye on Trey Lyles who is questionable here. The Pelicans were one of the hottest teams in the Conference before they got stopped in their tracks by the red-hot Clippers, while the Kings are starting to turn things around following a tough stretch of games. I can see why the Kings are favorites at home, but the Pelicans have already beaten the Kings three times this season and I think that trend continues here.

Peter’s Pick New Orleans +3.5

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