Sacramento Kings (0-1) at New Orleans Pelicans (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -11.5 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Sacramento Kings could use a victory here to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2012-13. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 117 points on 51.6 percent shooting and allowing 123 points on 51.9 percent shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 23 points and seven rebounds while De'Aaron Fox is averaging 21 points and seven assists. Buddy Hield is the third double-digit scorer and Nemanja Bjelica is grabbing eight rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 48.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Sacramento Kings have split their last six road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look for another victory to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 season. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 131 points on 53.1 percent shooting and allowing 112 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 32 points and 16 rebounds while Nikola Mirotic is averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds. E'Twaun Moore is the third double-digit scorer and Elfrid Payton is dishing 10 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 54 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won six of their last eight home games.
The Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up loss. The Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The underdog is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings, the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans. The over is 25-11 in Pelicans last 36 home games and the under is 16-5 in Kings last 21 overall.
I'm not messing around with double-digit chalk this early in the season, especially when the Kings have ben solid in the underdog role, which includes a cover in their opener against the Utah Jazz. I will, however, back the over in this game. The Kings are a young, atheltic bunch that likes to push the pace and just shot over 50 percent against a great Utah defense. We saw what the Pelicans are capable of against the Rockets, as they had six double-digit scorers. The over is also a very strong trend when the Pelicans play at home. I expect some more offensive fireworks. Give me the over the total.