NBA Betting: New Orleans Pelicans vs Sacramento Kings
- Updated: March 3, 2014
The New Orleans Pelicans are one team that has been hurt badly by injuries and have to try to look forward to better things next year. The Sacramento Kings scored their biggest victory by being able to stay in town, rather than be packed up and shipped to Seattle, but their story on the court has featured the same old stuff. These Western Conference teams lock horns in NBA betting action that is set to get underway at 10:05 PM ET at the Sleep Train Arena in California’s capital city.
These teams are both well out of the playoff picture in the West. The Pelicans are 23-36 straight-up and also a loser when it comes to covering the basketball pointspread, at 24-32-3. The Kings are 20-39 on the season, which ties them with the Los Angeles Lakers at the bottom of the West, and they are 26-32-1 against the sportsbook odds. It is fair to say that both of these clubs are on horrible runs right now.
In the NBA betting lines that have been posted on this game at VietBet, the Kings are the team laying points:
Sacramento Kings -4
New Orleans Pelicans +4
Over 204.5 points -110
Under 204.5 points -110
Defense has not been something wither New Orleans Pelicans or Sacramento Kings has been particularly good at this year, as they have each yielded 46.4% to the opposition. They have been especially permissive lately; over their last five games the Pelicans have allowed their foes to shoot 51%, while the Kings have given up 54% from the field over their last three contests.
That is not the kind of resistance that is going to normally going to translate into strong performance against the basketball odds, and indeed, they have not been putting money into anyone’s pocket. The Pelicans are 1-7-2 against the spread in their last ten games, and they have lost seven consecutive games straight-up. The Kings have covered two of their last ten outings, and they have now lost three straight games.
As VietBet customers know, injuries can destroy a basketball team. Just ask the Lakers. The Pelicans haven’t suffered to that degree, but they have lost three starters – center Jason Smith, small forward Ryan Anderson and point guard Jrue Holiday. Coach Monty Williams simply does not have the depth at his disposal to be able to withstand something like that.
He is indeed thankful that he has had Anthony Davis for most of the season, although Davis, who leads the NBA in blocked shots, has been bothered by a shoulder injury. But he didn’t seem TOO bothered by it when he scored 32 points on 14-for-18 shooting against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. But the next night he made just one field goal against the Los Angeles Clippers, so that could represent a flare-up. He has averaged 20.2 points and ten rebounds, and has missed eight games. But NBA bettors know he is so critical to this effort, because the Pelicans are really hurting for help for him up front.
And whenever anyone has to play the Kings, it is imperative that they have some inside defense. That’s because one of Davis’ predecessors at the University of Kentucky, DeMarcus Cousins, is another of those “20-10″ players (22.3 points and 11.6 rebounds, to be exact), having developed into one of the best inside operators in the league. He had 21 points and 17 rebounds against Minnesota a couple of nights ago, as he returned from a one-game suspension he received for throwing a punch at Houston’s Patrick Beverley.
This is the third meeting between these clubs this season, and both encounters, oddly enough, have resulted in double-digit victories for the visiting team.
When they got together on December 23, New Orleans shot 49% and overcame sending Sacramento to the line 42 times to come out with a 113-100 win. The rematch was held on January 21, as the Kings won a 114-97 decision at the Smoothie King Arena. They were actually laying a point and a half in the NBA betting odds.
If you want to go back for an extended period, Sacramento has won and covered 18 of the last 24 meetings. But surely what most VietBet customers are interested in is how Davis and Cousins did in their duels. In the first meeting, Cousins had 24 points and fourteen rebounds, while Davis had 21 and 11, respectively. In the last encounter, Cousins had 18 points, eleven rebounds and four blocked shots, while Davis had 16 points (one four-of-12 shooting) with just six rebounds. He also blocked four shots in the game.
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