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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/21/14

Sacramento Kings (14-25) at New Orleans Pelicans (16-24)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds

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Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans square off against DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings from the Big Easy on Tuesday night.

Head to head, the Kings are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans while the home team is 23-9 ATS in the last 32 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, but just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Kings on the other hand are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings - 1/21/14

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I like to think I follow the NBA pretty closely, but I’ll admit, I had no clue that New Orleans was riding an eight-game losing streak, which they happen to snap last night in Memphis as they defeated the Grizzlies 95-92. I knew they were struggling with Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson both sidelined with injuries, but I didn’t realise it got all the way up to eight games. Understandably so, their offense has taken a major hit with two of their best players out as they have topped 100 points just twice in their last 10 games. The Pellies have also struggled on the defensive end as they allowed teams to score 100 points on more on six straight occasions during their losing streak.

The Sacramento Kings are currently in the midst of a six-game road trip and through four games, the results have been mixed. Without going into too much detail, Sac-Town has played two good games and two bad ones, getting blown out in both Oklahoma City and Indiana while winning in Minnesota and falling by a single point in Memphis. After scoring 100 points or better in 12 straight contests, the Kings have been held under 95 points in three of the four games on their current trip.

There is a case to make for New Orleans tonight given they already defeated the Kings at their place by 13 not so long ago (although they did have both Holiday and Anderson playing) and their schedule recently is as tough as they come. Just look at some of the teams they have faced so far in 2014: Indiana, Miami, San Antonio, Houston, Golden State and Dallas twice. Having said all of that, I’m going against them in this one. Don’t get me wrong, I literally have no clue what this Kings team is going to do on night-to-night basis, but they have been a dangerous teams since Gay came aboard and they have covered in five of their last seven away from home. Not a game I would touch, but I think Sac-Town gets it done, just....

Dan’s Pick: Sacramento +1

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