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Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction And Betting Odds

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Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

The Sacramento Kings exercised some demons with Tuesday’s play-in game win over the Golden State Warriors. They were finally able to beat the team that eliminated them from the postseason last year and dominated them for quite some time. They have an opportunity to do something similar on Friday as they take on a Pelicans team that has beaten them in all 5 regular season meetings this year. To make things worse, the Kings were favored by the oddsmakers in all 5 of those games, which is the case once again on Friday. Sacramento goes into the game as a 1.5 point favorite, in the favorites role this season they won 34 of 54 games. The Kings are also 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and also have a record of 10 wins in their last 14 Friday games.

We’re witnessing the New Orleans Pelicans crumbling in real time and it’s not a pleasant thing to watch. Just 48 hours after their regular season finale loss to the LA Lakers, they suffered yet another defeat against the same team. As a result their season now hangs by a thread and they’ll be without their best player Zion Williamson. In one of the best games of his career, Zion dominated the Lakers with 40 points, but he suffered a calf injury with just a couple of minutes to go and the team went ice cold without him. He’ll be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks, which means he’s missing Friday’s game and potentially a couple of first round games, if the Pels get there. New Orleans is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 overall.

Sacramento Kings Point Spread Prediction

Kings -1.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

All those numbers are worrying if you’re a Pelicans fan, the injury to Zion might just be too much for them to overcome here. Yes, Ingram is back, but he still hasn’t gotten back into playing shape after missing a couple of weeks with a knee injury. I have the Kings winning here and going into the playoffs.

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DAL

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MIN

NBA | Thu 05/23, 12:30 AM
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IND

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BOS

NBA | Fri 05/24, 12:00 AM

Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans Total Points: Under 214.5

Under 214.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

Unlike in previous years where we saw a run and gun pace from the Kings, they’re actually relying on their defense to win games. They did exactly that on Tuesday holding the Warriors to just 94 points, most notably Klay Thompson went 0-for-10 from the field. With Zion out of the way, they only have two offensive threats to worry about here in Brandon Ingram and C.J. McCollum. The under has cashed in 6 of 7 games for Sacramento, including 4 of their last 5 on the road. In their last 10 games they rank 5th best in defensive efficiency, holding opponents to just 108.1 points per 100 possessions. What’s even more impressive is the slow pace that this team has played at. Only two teams are averaging less possessions per game over the last 10 played than Sacramento, that’s a clear indicator in what direction Friday’s game will go. With the last 5 of 7 meetings all cashing on the under and the Kings going 14-25-2 on the O/U in road games this season, I think the logical conclusion is to stick with those trends. Back the under.

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DAL

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MIN

NBA | Thu 05/23, 12:30 AM
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NBA | Fri 05/24, 12:00 AM

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