Pelicans vs. Kings Prediction
Will the New Orleans Pelicans be able to go on the road and win as a road favorite when they take on the Sacramento Kings tonight at 6PM ET?
543 New Orleans Pelicans vs. 544 Sacramento Kings
Sunday, December 23, 2018
6PM ET – Golden 1 Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pelicans are the slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Kings. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 239 points. The public betting for this game currently has 75 percent going on the Pelicans as a road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pelicans on 3-game skid
The New Orleans Pelicans have lost three straight games coming into tonight, including a 112-104 loss at the Lakers on Friday night. New Orleans is 15-18 on the season, 4-13 on the road, 15-18 against the spread and 17-16 with the over.
The Pelicans have the second-ranked offense in the NBA, averaging 116.3 points per game this season. They shoot 47.6 percent as a team. Defensively, the Pelicans are giving up 115.2 points per game while opponents shoot 46.7 percent from the field. Nikola Mirotic is doubtful to play tonight due to an ankle injury. Anthony Davis is leading the team with 28.1 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.72 blocks per game. Jrue Holiday is adding 20.6 points and 8.8 assists per contest.
Kings flip flopping as of late
The Kings are just 2-3 in their last five games following a 102-99 win over the Grizzlies on Friday. Sacramento is looking to establish a win streak tonight. The Kings are 17-15 on the season, 8-7 at home, 20-12 against the spread and 21-11 with the over.
Sacramento has one of the top offenses in the league, averaging 114.9 points per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Kings are giving up 116.4 points per game while opponents shoot 47.2 percent against them. Marvin Bagley III continues to be out for Sacramento with a knee injury. Buddy Hield has been leading the team with 20.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while De’Aaron Fox is adding 18.1 points and 7.4 assists per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pelicans are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games following a loss and 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games against Pacific Division opponents.
The Kings are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a win and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
The Pelicans may look better on paper, but they haven’t brought their best to the road the majority of the time. Sacramento continues to get overlooked despite their winning record and their impressive offense. The Kings have been able to rack up a lot of covers because oddsmakers still think they are the team from previous years. This isn’t that team and I will gladly take them at home with points against the Pelicans on the road.
NBA Prediction: Sacramento Kings +1