Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 3/2/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: NBC Sports California
The New Orleans Pelicans (25-36) will try to defeat the Sacramento Kings (23-40) at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday.
The Kings faced the Thunder and earned the victory with a final of 131-110 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Kings ended up finishing with 25 while the Thunder racked up 16 fouls. They made 11 of 35 shots from 3-point range. Oklahoma City ended up going 70.4% from the free throw line by making 19 of their 27 shots. On top of that, Oklahoma City snagged 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Oklahoma City doled out 38 dimes and had 28 steals in this matchup. With respect to defense, Sacramento allowed the other team to shoot 46.5% from the field on 40 out of 86 shooting. They also doled out 30 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing 5 turnovers and getting 10 steals. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they earned 46 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Kings converted 23 of their 30 tries for a rate of 76.7%. Sacramento walked away from the contest with a 56.3% FG percentage (49 out of 87) and converted 10 of their 31 three-point attempts.
De'Aaron Fox is a guy who had an impact in the game. He notched 29 points on 10 out of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 41 minutes played and pulled down 4 rebounds. Fox ended up going 50.0% from the floor and totaled 10 assists.
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Sacramento heads into this one with a record of 23-40 on the season. They have an average of 110.2 pts per game (14th in basketball) on 45.8% from the field. The Kings are connecting on 34.3% on shots from downtown (726 of 2,114) and 76.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Sacramento is snagging 43.6 rebounds per contest and has earned 1,479 assists for the season, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.2 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.3 fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Kings are forcing 13.3 turnovers every game while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 26th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,579 conceded on the campaign. The Kings defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.6% (2,723 of 5,719) and they concede 45.6 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 36.2% on 3-pointers and they are 29th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (115.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Pelicans took home the win by a final score of 123-95 when they faced the Lakers. The Pelicans earned 39 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 51 in this matchup. They turned the ball over 15 times, while getting 16 steals in this contest. The Lakers earned 23 personal fouls in the game which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to convert 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 64.0%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, New Orleans knocked down 13 of their 30 attempts (43.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Pelicans finished the game shooting 47 for 92 from the field which had them shooting 51.1%. The Pelicans allowed the Lakers to make 35 out of 84 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 41.7% for the matchup. They finished shooting 20.6% from distance by hitting 7 out of 34 and ended up shooting 18 out of 20 from the charity stripe (90.0%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, New Orleans permitted Los Angeles to grab 31 in all (7 offensive).
CJ McCollum was important for the Pelicans in the matchup. McCollum had 22 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 8 assists for the game. He knocked down 8 out of 15 for this game for a rate of 53.3%, and tallied 5 rebounds.
New Orleans has a record of 25-36 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Pelicans are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which is 24th in basketball. New Orleans has totaled 6,514 points this season (106.8 per contest) and they grab 45.2 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 24.7 times per contest (11th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.4 times per game. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 19.7 personal fouls every game and they shoot 79.1% from the charity stripe.
The Pelicans on the defensive side of the court are 15th in the NBA in PPG given up with 109.2. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (22nd in the NBA). The New Orleans defense surrenders 36.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (779 of 2,161) and opponents are knocking down 78.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 23.8 assists and 42.2 boards per game, which is 11th and 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans
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