The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout February 1. Ten games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have struggled early in the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Kings have earned a record of 8-11 so far this season, which has them sitting in twelfth place of the Western Conference. Sacramento is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a three game winning streak. The Kings will look to build off those wins in this one as they try to bounce back. If Sacramento can come out hot in this one, they could earn a big road victory.
New Orleans has been able to earn a record of 7-11 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are coming off a loss in their last gamer and will look to get a big win in this one. New Orleans has been able to win two of their last three and will look to try and climb up the standings before it is too late.
These two teams have put up similar records to this point in the season and will look to get a big win on Monday night. Both teams are coming off losses that ended short winning streaks. Each team will try to set the pace early in this one to get off to a hot start. I expect a good matchup between these two teams on February 1.
The Kings and the Pelicans met up three times throughout last season. Sacramento hosted the first game on January 4. Harrison Barnes finished with 30 points on the night, while Buddy Hield had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Lonzo Ball scored 24 points and 10 assists as New Orleans starting lineup combined for 90 points. The Pelicans finished with a 117-115 win.
The second game of the season series was on August 6 during the qualifiers. Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson both scored 24 points for New Orleans, but it was not enough. Bogdan Bogdanovic was able to score 35 points, while De’Aaron Fox finished with 30 points and 10 assists. Harrison Barnes added 22 points to help lead the Kings to a 140-125 win.
The third game of the season series was during the qualifiers as well on August 11. Jahil Okafor finished with 21 points off the bench and Frank Jackson put up 18 points, but it was not enough. Harrison Barnes scored 25 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points as well to help lead the Kings to a 112-106 win to take the season series 2-1.
The first game of this season’s series was on January 17 in Sacramento. De’Aaron Fox finished with 43 points and 13 assists. Marvin Bagley added 26 points and 10 rebounds. Zion Williamson put up 31 points. Brandon Ingram and Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points and 21 points respectively. The Pelicans were able to open up this season series with a 128-123 win.
Field Goal Shooting
Sacramento has been solid shooting the ball so far this season. The Kings have been able to make around 47.5 percent of their shots from the field this season, which is 8th in the NBA. Sacramento has shot 38 percent from behind the arc as well, which is 7th in the league. The Kings are making 71.3 percent of their free throw attempts, which is 28th in the NBA.
The Pelicans have been decent shooting the ball as well this season. New Orleans has been able to shoot 46.8 percent from the field, which is 11th in the league. The Pelicans have also shot 34.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 27th in the NBA. New Orleans has also made 70.7 percent from the free throw line, which is last in the league.
The Kings have been the better shooting team this season, but New Orleans is much better on defense. The Pelicans have held opposing teams to a 45.8 percent field goal percentage, which is 14th in the NBA. Sacramento has allowed their opponents to make 48.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is last in the league this season. New Orleans will look for their defense to lead them.
De’Aaron Fox has been the leader for this Kings team this season. Fox has averaged 21.5 points and 6 assists per game. Harrison Barnes is averaging 16.5 points per game, while Buddy Hield has averaged 16 points. Marvin Bagley is averaging 13.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Richaun Holmes has averaged 12.5 points and 8 rebounds. Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 11 points per game.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are both helping lead this young New Orleans team this season. Williamson is averaging 24 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Ingram has averaged 23.5 points per game. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 14 points per game. Lonzo Ball has averaged 12.5 points per game. Nickeil Alexander-Walker is averaging 10.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
These two teams have had their leaders step up this season, but will look for their depth to help lead them in this one. The Pelicans have a slight edge in my opinion with Williamson and Ingram continuing to do better together. If New Orleans can come out strong with their starters, they could propel themselves to a win on Monday night.
The Pelicans are coming into this one after a tough loss to Houston, but I think they can bounce back with a win in this one. Sacramento has been solid as of late, but I think it will be New Orleans who can take over in this one. Williamson and Ingram can help the Pelicans control the paint, which should give them the edge in this one.
BetOnline has New Orleans as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Pelicans in this one. I think that this line is right with New Orleans at home in this one. I like the Pelicans to take over in this one. If New Orleans can keep Sacramento quiet early in this matchup, they should be able to cover the spread on Monday night.