The Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans duke it out at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night.
The Sacramento Kings have been in red-hot form as they are now aiming for a seventh straight victory after routing the Mavericks in a 129-113 road win last night. Domantas Sabonis led the team with 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists on 13 of 15 shooting, De'Aaron Fox added 30 points with seven assists while Keegan Murray chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Kings shot 53 percent from the field and 17 of 40 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 70 points in the first half and they just never took their foot off the gas until they built a 21-point lead.
New Orleans Pelicans
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans were going for a third straight win before they fell painfully short to the Timberwolves in a 121-120 loss on Saturday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Jonas Valanciunas added 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while Jordan Hawkins chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 51 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 35 points in the first quarter to build a 15-point lead in the third quarter, only to see their work go to waste in the fourth quarter where the Timberwolves poured in 36 points to steal the game late.
The Kings are still shorthanded as they've ruled out Trey Lyles and Kevin Huerter, while the Pelicans are keeping eyes on Matt Ryan and Jose Alverado who are both currently listed as questionable. The Kings come into this one as the team in better form and they had one of their best wins of the season against the Mavericks last night. The Pelicans have the advantage of extra rest as the Kings are playing their second game of a back to back set,but I'm sticking with the Kings at the short line in this one.