New Orleans Pelicans (29-38) at Sacramento Kings (28-39)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +4 -- Over/Under: 234.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings meet Thursday in NBA action at the HP Field House.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a win to improve their playoff odds after going 1-2 in the NBA bubble. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 24.1 points and 4.2 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.3 points and 6.4 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Sacramento Kings need a victory here to rebound after a rough 0-3 record in the NBA bubble. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 109.3 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting. De’Aaron Fox is averaging 20.8 points and 6.7 assists while Buddy Hield is averaging 19.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. Harrison Barnes is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Kings are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The under is 5-0 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The over is 6-1 in Kings last 7 overall. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Sacramento and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off their best bubble performance with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies and that should give this young club some confidence. The Sacramento Kings just can't get out of their own way, are struggling big time defensively and are watching a possible playoff chance slip away rather quickly. It feels like the Pelicans have more life right now, and they have to view this as a great chance to stay in the middle of the pack. I'll lay the reasonable number with the Pelicans.