Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick – March 2

The NBA is set up with another great slate of action throughout March 2. Eight games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have been struggling a bit on the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Sacramento has earned a record of 23-40 throughout this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. The Kings are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a four game losing streak. Sacramento is three games out of a play-in spot entering this one. The Kings will look to come out fast on the road in this one.

The Pelicans have put up a record of 25-36 so far this season, which has them in tenth place of the Western Conference. New Orleans has won two games in a row and three of their last five. The Pelicans are two and a half games out of the ninth spot in the Conference. New Orleans will look to earn a big win at home to keep the winning streak alive.

These two teams are near the bottom of the Western Conference, but are still in the race for a play-in spot. The Kings will look to make up some ground with a big win in this one. New Orleans will look to hold onto that spot with a win of their own. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Sacramento Kings +5 (-110) Over 233 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans -5 (-110) Under 233 (-110)

 

Team Data Sacramento Kings New Orleans Pelicans
Overall Record 23-40 25-36
Away/ Home Record 8-22 13-17
PPG 110.2 106.8
PPG Away/ Home 109.8 109.0
PAPG 115.0 109.2
PAPG Away/ Home 117.2 109.8

Betting Trends

Sacramento Kings

  • 29-34 ATS this season
  • 19-22 ATS as an underdog
  • 13-17 ATS in road games
  • 5-7 ATS against Southwest division
  • 3-7 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 2-3 ATS after scoring 130 points or more
  • 12-14 ATS against team with a losing record

New Orleans Pelicans

  • 31-30 ATS this season
  • 8-5 ATS as a favorite
  • 16-14 ATS in home games
  • 3-6 ATS when playing with two days rest
  • 6-5 ATS against Pacific division
  • 8-7 ATS off an upset with as an underdog
  • 6-7 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 6-8 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 9-11 ATS against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice throughout the season. The first game was on October 29 in New Orleans. De’Aaron Fox put up 23 points to help lead the Kings to a 113-109 win on the road. The second game shifted to Sacramento. Harrison Barnes dropped 23 points and 8 rebounds to help give the Kings a 112-99 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Kings have struggled shooting the ball a bit on the season. Sacramento has made 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the league. The Kings have shot 34.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the NBA. Sacramento has sunk 76.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 17th in the league.

New Orleans has not been any better shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pelicans have been shooting 44.8 percent from the field, which is 24th in the NBA. New Orleans has made 32.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 28th in the league. The Pelicans have drained 79.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 8th in the NBA.

Sacramento has been a bit better shooting the ball, but the Pelicans have a slight edge on defense. The Kings have allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.6 percent from the field, which is 29th in the league. New Orleans has held opponents to a 46.5 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defense to step up in this one.

Top Performers

De’Aaron Fox has been the leader for Sacramento this season. Fox has averaged 22 points and 5.3 assists per game. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 18.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. Harrison Barnes has averaged 17.2 points, while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 10.5 points per game. Davion Mitchell rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.2 points per game.

C.J. McCollum has been really strong since joining the Pelicans. McCollum is averaging 28 points and 5.6 assists per game. Brandon Ingram has averaged 22.1 point per game. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 18 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Devonte’ Graham has averaged 12.9 points per game to round out this lineup.

These two teams have been led by their stars and trade deadline additions as of late. The Kings are still missing Richaun Holmes and Terence Davis entering this one, which hurts their lineup a bit. New Orleans continues to be without Zion Williamson. If either team can have some players step up in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have struggled a bit on the season, but remain in the thick of the playoff hunt for a play-in spot. New Orleans lost the first two games of the season series and will look to bounce back in this one. The Kings will look to build on their last win early in this one. If the Pelicans can come out fast on offense, I think they can hold on for the win.

BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -5 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Pelicans at home on Wednesday night. I agree with this lien as New Orleans has been the better team on the season and will come out fast looking for a win. As slight favorites in this one, I really like the value on the Pelicans.

The Bet
New Orleans Pelicans -5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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