Pelicans vs. Kings - 11/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (8-5) at New Orleans Pelicans (7-5)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSAC, FSN
The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans play Tuesday night at the Smoothie King Center.
The Sacramento Kings have won three of their last four games and are starting to show their true potential. On the season, the Kings are averaging 103.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins leads the Kings with 23.2 points and 12.3 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 21.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Darren Collison is averaging seven assists and Ben McLemore is shooting 41.4 percent from three. The Sacramento Kings have shown they can score and rebound with the best of them but will have to improve their defensive efforts in order to truly take that next step. The Kings have lost four of their last five when allowing 100-plus points. Gay and Collison are questionable for this game.
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The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last four games and return from a four-game road trip. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 103.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis leads the Pelicans with 26.3 points and 11.4 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 15.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 6.3 assists and Ryan Anderson is shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. The New Orleans Pelicans are a lot like the Kings in the fact they can score at a high percentage but struggle defensively. The Pelicans are 2-4 SU this season when allowing 100 or more points. Omer Asik is questionable for this game with a back injury.
The Kings are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Pelicans are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 home games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 vs. NBA Pacific. The Kings are 18-7 ATS in the last 25 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
With the Kings having some of their key players banged up, I have no choice but to take the New Orleans Pelicans at home. The Pelicans match up well with the Kings and have more scoring firepower, especially if Gay can't play for Sacramento.