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Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Sacramento Kings will visit the New Orleans Pelicans to wrap up the Western Conference Play-In Tournament on Friday night with the winner advancing to the 2024 NBA Playoffs. 

Sacramento kept its season alive by beating the Golden State Warriors in the 9-10 matchup on Tuesday. That was preceded by New Orleans’ home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 7-8 showdown.

The winner of this game will advance to a series against the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, while the loser's season will come to an end.

Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans betting picks and predictions  

New Orleans Pelicans ML (+100)

It is fair to say that the beginning of the play-in tournament did not go well for the Pelicans. They lost 110-106 to the visiting Lakers and forward Zion Williamson left late in the game with a hamstring injury, meaning he will be out for at least a couple of weeks.

Still, it is not all bad news for New Orleans. Head coach Willie Green’s team is once again playing at home and Sacramento lost three of its last four road games during the regular season. 

Even better news is that the Pelicans have completely owned this head-to-head series in 2023/24. They have won all five meetings, including four by double-digits. 

These two teams just squared off last Thursday in Sacramento and New Orleans cruised to a 135-123 win. It’s also worth noting that even without Williams the Pels destroyed a healthy Kings squad 133-100 on January 7.

The Pelicans are an NBA-best 20-11-1 ATS as underdogs this season. They have won 18 of those 32 games outright. Another cover and outright win very well could be in the cards on Friday night in the Big Easy.

Over 210.5 

This is not a big number for any game in today’s NBA – certainly not a Western Conference showdown that involves two teams combining for almost 232 points per game. 

Sacramento averaged 116.6 points to New Orleans’ 115.1. In five encounters with the Kings, the Pelicans scored 129, 117, 127, 133 and 135 points.

Even without Williamson on the court, you have to think they will continue to pour in points. All five matchups produced between 223 and 258 points.

A light workload for Ingram on Tuesday followed by two full days off should only help matters when it comes to New Orleans’ offensive prospects. Another Over is likely in store now. 

CJ McCollum Over 23.5 points (-130)

All signs point to CJ McCollum having a big night at the office. 

First, Williamson is sidelined and Ingram is banged up. Based on what we saw on Tuesday, there is little reason to think that Ingram is going to be 100 percent for this one.

As such, McCollum may have to take it upon himself to carry his team into the playoffs for a date with the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder.

Second, McCollum has been awesome against Sacramento this season. In three games he is averaging 26.0 points while shooting an unbelievable 19-for-27 from three-point range. 

The Kings are one of the best teams in the NBA at defending the paint, so McCollum’s potency from the perimeter should once again be a real weapon on Friday.

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Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans odds  

SAC Kings

-105 ML

NO Pelicans

-115 ML

Spread

NO -1

Total Points

O/U 210.5

Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans player props  

Player Points

Harrison Barnes (SAC)

O/U 13.5

Keon Ellis (SAC)

O/U 10.5

De’Aarno Fox (SAC)

O/U 27.5

Trey Lyles (SAC)

O/U 6.5

Brandon Ingram (NO)

O/U 20.5

CJ McCollum (NO)

O/U 23.5

Trey Murphy III (NO)

O/U 16.5

Larry Nance Jr (NO)

O/U 6.5

 

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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