Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Sacramento (+4.5)
The Sacramento Kings (8-11) go to Smoothie King Center on Monday where they'll take on the New Orleans Pelicans (7-11). Sacramento opens this contest as 4.5-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 230.
The Sacramento Kings took the court against the Miami Heat and ended up losing by a score of 105-104 in their last game. Sacramento ended having earned a 48.2% field goal percentage (41 out of 85) and buried 17 of 45 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Kings made 5 of their 11 tries for a percentage of 45.5%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 41 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 22 dimes in the game as well as getting 12 steals and 3 blocked shots. In regard to the defense, Sacramento let their opponent shoot 46.8% from the field on 36 out of 77 shooting. Miami dished out 25 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Heat collected 39 rebounds (9 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Miami finished shooting 84.6% at the charity stripe by making 22 of 26 tries. They knocked down 11 of their 32 tries from 3-point range.
De'Aaron Fox is someone who came through in this game. He racked up 30 points on 12 of 26 shooting. He was on the court for 31:38 minutes played and also pulled down 6 rebounds. Fox finished the game shooting 46.2% from the floor and distributed 6 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Kings was Buddy Hield. He collected 5 rebounds and earned 3 assists. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the floor in the matchup by hitting 6-of-15 (18 points). When the final whistle was blown, Hield played 36:39 minutes.
Sacramento comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 8-11 on the season. The Kings are connecting on 38.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (235 of 618) and 71.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 113.2 pts per contest (12th in the league) while hitting 47.5% from the floor. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.4 fouls per contest. As a unit, Sacramento is pulling down 42.9 rebounds per game and has earned 481 dimes this year, which is 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Kings are forcing 13.4 turnovers per game and they draw 20.9 personal fouls. They give up 39.6% from 3-point land and they are 29th in the league in points per game from their opponents (119.7). The Kings are allowing a FG percentage of 48.8% (255 of 397) and they concede 44.4 boards per game as a unit. They are 24th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 499 conceded for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the New Orleans Pelicans took a loss by a score of 126-112 when they played the Houston Rockets. The Pelicans collected 38 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 48 for this game. They rejected 7 attempts while earning 11 steals in this matchup. The Rockets earned 24 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 29 attempts. They were able to convert 18 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 62.1%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, New Orleans buried 12 of their 41 attempts (29.3%). When the game finished, the Pelicans ended up going 41 for 91 from the floor which had them sitting at 45.1%. The Pelicans allowed the Rockets to bury 45 of 92 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.9% for the game. They finished the game shooting 43.5% from distance by going 20 out of 46 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 20 at the charity stripe (80.0%). In the matter of attacking the glass, New Orleans allowed Houston to get 45 in total (7 on the offensive side).
Zion Williamson was important for the Pelicans in this game. He made 11 out of 19 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 57.9%, which had him finishing with 26 points. Williamson pulled down 7 rebounds in his 29:14 mins of time on the court and had 4 assists in the game. An additional guy that was pivotal for New Orleans was Brandon Ingram. He scored 15 points in his 31:40 mins played by going 5 of 15 from the floor for the matchup. Ingram walked away from this one going 33.3% from the field in addition to earning 4 dimes and 5 rebounds.
New Orleans has a record of 7-11 so far this year. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 17.6 fouls per game while shooting 70.7% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 23.6 times per game (21st in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.6 times per game. New Orleans has earned 1,990 points so far this year (110.6 per contest) and they average 46.8 boards per game. As an offense, the Pelicans are connecting on 46.8% from the floor, which ranks 11th in basketball. The Pelicans on the defensive end are ranked 22nd in basketball in PPG allowed with 112.8. They are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (14th in the league). The New Orleans defense allows 38.2% on shots from distance (285 of 747) and their opponents are knocking down 81.1% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 27.3 dimes and 41.9 total rebounds per game, ranking them 29th and 4th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans (-4.5)
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