We have a six-game slate in the NBA scheduled for Sunday, February 5, and here you can read the best Kings vs. Pelicans betting pick and odds.
New Orleans will be playing the second game of a back-to-back set when they host Sacramento at Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans are -2.5 favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 235.5 points. These conference rivals will meet for the first time this season.
Kings fell short of the Pacers in Indianapolis
The Sacramento Kings (29-22, 28-22-1 ATS) are currently on a seven-game road trip, and so far, they are at a .500 after winning two of four games. The Kings beat the Timberwolves and Spurs and lost to Minnesota and most recently, the Indiana Pacers. Sacramento shot only 43.0% from the floor and committed even 20 turnovers in a tight 107-104 defeat. It seems that the Pacers won the battle thanks to the perimeter shooting; Indiana made 17 three-pointers opposite Sacramento’s 13.
Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 23 points and five rebounds. Kevin Huerter scored 16 points with a game-high four steals, Terence Davis had 15 points and four boards, Domantas Sabonis posted a double-double of 15 points and game-high 16 rebounds along with team-high six assists, while Malik Monk chipped in a 12/5/5/ line.
PG De’Aaron Fox is out for Sunday’s matchup with New Orleans due to personal reasons.
Pelicans finally snapped a losing skid
The New Orleans Pelicans (27-27, 25-29-0 ATS) went through their worst period of the campaign during which they suffered ten consecutive losses. However, the Pelicans managed to snap that losing streak with a 131-126 home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and now returned to a .500 record. New Orleans trailed by 11 points at halftime but responded very well in the second 24 minutes and scored 70 points to erase a double-digit deficit and earn a win. The Pels shot 52.0% from the floor and had six players in double figures.
Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with a season-high 35 points, five rebounds, and four assists. C.J. McCollum added 23 points, team-high seven dimes, and two steals, Trey Murphy scored 21 with five boards, Jose Alvarado had 18 points and four rebounds, while Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double of 18 points and game-high 14 boards along with five dishes.
However, Valanciunas suffered a right knee injury and didn’t return in Saturday’s game against the Lakers, so he is questionable to face the Kings on Sunday. PF Zion Williamson (hamstring) and SF Dyson Daniels (ankle) are out indefinitely.
- 5-2 ATS in the last seven road games
- 22-8-1 ATS in the last 31 games playing on one day of rest
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games overall
- 1-4 ATS in the last five home games
- 0-4 ATS in the last four games playing without rest
Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans Pick
The Kings will be without De’Aaron Fox, but I think the probable absence of Jonas Valanciunas is going to hurt the Pelicans in this one. Also, Brandon Ingram was rested for the second game of back-to-back sets after his return from a two-month absence due to an injury, and I don’t think the Pelicans would want to risk their star player on Sunday. That said, I am backing the Kings to cover, while I wouldn’t be surprised if they manage to get a straight-up win in New Orleans.
Pick: Take the Kings at +3.5 (-130)
Sacramento has the most efficient offense in the NBA that is scoring 119.2 points per game, while New Orleans averages 114.8 ppg. The Kings are not that good when it comes to defense as they allow 116.2 ppg, but considering the Pelicans will likely be without Valanciunas and Ingram in this one, I don’t think the hosts will score more than 110-115 points. Under is 4-1-1 in the last six H2H meetings; Under is 3-0-1 in the previous four H2H duels in New Orleans, Under is 6-0 in the Kings’ last six overall, while Under is 20-6 in Sacramento’s previous 26 road games.
Pick: Go Under 237.5 points (-133)