New Orleans Pelicans (30-40) at Sacramento Kings (29-41)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +1 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings meet Tuesday in NBA action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.8 points and 4.2 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.5 points and 6.3 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 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game.
The Sacramento Kings also need a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Sacramento Kings are averaging 109.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 47 percent shooting. De’Aaron Fox is averaging 21.1 points and 6.8 assists while Buddy Hield is averaging 19.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. Harrison Barnes is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The Sacramento Kings are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Sacramento and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
Both of these teams have pulled the plug on the season, so Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Jrue Holiday and De’Aaron Fox have already been ruled out. You're going to see a lot of backups playing starting minutes in this contest and that makes for a tricky betting situation. This isn't a game I'd get involved with personally. But since I'm here to give out picks, I'd lean toward the Pelicans, the team that still has respectable role players and guys capable of providing an offensive boost. The Sacramento Kings have shown less signs of life in the bubble and don't have the depth to survive playing without key guys.
Pelicans should win, but the edge isn't that great.