Check out our free Kings vs Pelicans pick and preview for this NBA game in New Orleans. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Kings vs Pelicans NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Sacramento Kings at New Orleans Pelicans
- Where: New Orleans at Smoothie King Center
- Date: Sunday, February 5th
- Betting Odds NO -2, SAC +108 | NO -132 O/U OFF
So far, the Kings have put together an overall record of 29-22, while going 27-23-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Sacramento has an overall record of 2-1, including going 2-1 against the spread.
The Kings are coming off a disappointing 107-104 loss to the Pacers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. Even though Sacramento made a substantial comeback in the 2nd half, it was not enough to make up for their 12 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Harrison Barnes led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 58.3%.
So far, the Pelicans have put together an overall record of 27-27, while going 25-29-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Pelicans took down the Lakers by a score of 131-126. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 0 point favorites. New Orleans went on to win the game, despite trailing by 11 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Brandon Ingram, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 53.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the 2021-2022 season, the Kings and Pelicans split the series, with each team going 2-2. This year, New Orleans will look to do a better job at home, as they also split their games at the Smoothie King Center. Similar to their season-long average, the Kings averaged 107.25 points per game vs the Pelicans. Similar to the Kings, the Pelicans scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Sacramento, the team averaged 114.0 points per game. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-2 in favor of the Pelicans. In these matchups, New Orleans has averaged 114 points per game, while allowing 107. Over the course of these games, they averaged 221 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Sacramento offense is the 1st ranked unit in the NBA, at 119.2 points per contest. The Kings come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.4 made 3’s per game. One area that the Sacramento offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 10th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
On defense, the Kings will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 29th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Without De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento will need Domantas Sabonis to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the New Orleans today. This season, Fox leads the team in scoring with 24.3 points per game. Sabonis is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 18.8 points per game, which places him 65.0th in the NBA. In his 49 games, he has hit 61.1% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 12.4 rebounds per game.
New Orleans will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 115.1 points per game (11th). Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, New Orleans remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 19.7 made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Pelicans defense is ranked 13th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.28 points per game vs the unit.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jonas Valanciunas who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game. At the time of this article, Valanciunas is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 4th on the team in usage rate and is 67th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, New Orleans benefit from having both of their top scorers as CJ McCollum leads the team and is 43rd in the league in scoring (21.2). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 10th in points allowed to point-guards.
Kings vs Pelicans Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Kings +2
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF