The NBA is set up with a solid night of action on Sunday night. Six games will be up on the board throughout January 17. One of those games will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. These two teams will look for a much needed win in this one, which should lead to a good game. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern.
New Orleans has earned a record of 4-7 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are coming into this game having lost five games in a row. New Orleans will look to bounce back with a big win in this one. The Pelicans have struggled, but still have a chance to turn it around this season.
The Kings have put up a record of 5-8 so far this season, which has them in thirteenth place of the Western Conference. Sacramento has lost back to back games and four of their last five. The Kings will look to turn it around in this one against a struggling Pelicans team. Sacramento will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.
These two teams are sitting in the bottom half of the Western Conference, but will look to earn a big win in this one. Sacramento had a stronger start to the season, but have been struggling since that start. The Pelicans will look to bounce back. New Orleans has a lot of talent, but needs to start turning that into wins. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they look to set the pace.
The Pelicans and the Kings met up three times throughout last season. Sacramento hosted the first game of the season series on January 4. Harrison Barnes dropped 30 points, while Buddy Hield scored 24 points and 12 rebounds. Lonzo Ball finished with 24 points and 10 assists. Jrue Holiday finished with 19 points as well to help lead New Orleans to a 117-115 win on the road.
The second game of the season series was in the qualifiers on August 6. Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson both scored 24 points for the Pelicans, but it was not enough. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 35 points, while De’Aaron Fox put up 30 points and 10 assists. Harrison Barnes added 22 points to help lead the Kings to a 140-125 win.
The final game of the season series was also in the qualifying round on August 11. Jahil Okafor put up 21 points off the bench, which once again was not enough for New Orleans. Harrison Barnes dropped 25 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 16 points. Harry Giles, Buddy Hield and Jabari Parker all scored over 10 points off the bench as the Kings won 112-106.
The Kings were able to win the season series last season with two wins in the qualifiers. New Orleans won a tight one during the regular season before the pause, but struggled after that. The Pelicans will look to bounce back with a win on the road in this one. Sacramento will look to take over and keep up the winning streak over New Orleans.
Field Goal Shooting
New Orleans has been strong shooting in close this season, but have struggled behind the arc. The Pelicans have made 46 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the league. New Orleans is shooting 32.4 percent from deep, which is 29th in the NBA. The Pelicans have made 53.7 percent of their shots from inside the arc, which is 13th in the league.
The Kings have been strong shooting the ball throughout this season. Sacramento has made around 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 12th in the NBA. The Kings are shooting 37.2 percent from behind the arc, which is 12th in the league. Sacramento is also shooting 52.5 percent in close this season, which is 16th in the NBA.
Sacramento is the better shooting team throughout the early portion of this season, but the Pelicans have been better on defense. New Orleans has held opposing teams to a 44.5 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 7th best in the league. The Pelicans will look to use their defense to give them the edge in this one.
Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson have been the leaders for this Pelicans team this season. Ingram is averaging 23.5 points per game, while Williamson has averaged 22 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Lonzo Ball is averaging 12.5 points per game. Nickeil Alexander-Walker has averaged 11.5 points per game, while Eric Bledsoe is averaging 11.5 points per game.
De’Aaron Fox has been the early season leader for Sacramento. Fox has averaged around 19 points and 5 assists per game. Harrison Barnes is averaging 17 points per game, while Buddy Hield has averaged 15 points per game. Richaun Holmes is averaging 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Marvin Bagley III has averaged 13 points per game, while Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 12 points per game.
Lonzo Ball could be out in this one after missing New Orleans last game. The Kings have had the better spread of scoring this season, while Ingram and Williamson have been big players for the Pelicans. New Orleans will look for those two players to continue to step up in this one. If New Orleans can slow down the Kings bench, it could help give them the win.
These two teams have not had the best starts to this season, but will look for a big win in this one. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as they look for a win. New Orleans is coming in on a big losing streak and I think they will turn it around in this one. The Pelicans defense is much better, which I think will give them the edge in this one.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Pelicans on Sunday night. I agree with this line as neither team is coming into this on a good streak. I think New Orleans will be able to end the losing streak in this one. Ingram and Williamson should be able to take over in this one on Sunday night.