Sacramento Kings (0-1) vs New Orleans Pelicans (1-0)Date : 10/19/2018
Time : 8:00 PM ET
Location : Smoothie King Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans will welcome the Kings to Smoothie King Center for their first home opener this season. The Pelicans are coming off a surprising blow out victory against a very strong Rockets team while the Kings lost to the Jazz at home in their first game back. Game tips off at 8:00 PM ET.
Sacramento Kings's Latest Performance :
Despite the strong first quarter, the Kings couldn’t come up with a win against the Jazz but they did show glimpses of what they can do in the future. The Kings made seven of their first nine field-goal attempts outscoring the Jazz 39-10. Willie Cauley-Stein was terrific in the Kings’ season opener on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. It was a good showing for Willie since he was going up against one of the best defensive center in the league Rudy Gobert. Marvin Bagley made his NBA debut on Wednesday with six points, five rebounds. De’Aaron Fox had 21 points and dished out seven assists in his second year in the league he is starting to look comfortable and let the game come to him and not force things. Playing against the Pelicans the Kings will have to find ways to contain Davis and one way they can do that is throw multiple defenders on Davis and make him work for his shot.
Player to watch: Willie Cauley-Stein, he will have a chance to showcase his talents again going up against Davis. After his first performance, he should be confident and good to go and ready to take on the challenge.
New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :
The new look Pelicans were able to take care of business on the road taking down the Rockets. The Rockets had no answer for the transition baskets played by the Pelicans. Anthony Davis leading the charge with 32 points, eight assists, three steals and three blocks, hitting 13-of-21 shots. He did everything for the Pelicans. Nikola Mirotic hit 11-of-20 shots and six 3-pointers on his way to 30 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Elfrid Payton signed in the offseason had a terrific debut for the Pelicans as he finished the game with a triple-double. Julius Randle came off the bench and hit 9-of-15 shots, two 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for 25 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in just 24 minutes. The Pelicans look like they’re going to be scary good as long as they’re healthy.
Player to watch: Anthony Davis, at only 25 years of age he is putting up monstrous numbers on a daily basis. He can simply do it all and reacts to what the defense is giving him. He is the backbone of this Pelicans team I expect a huge game against the Kings in their home opener. He will be going up against the rookie Marvin Bagley.
How Sacramento Kings & New Orleans Pelicans Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pelicans are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Kings are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Against The Spread Selection: New Orleans Pelicans
My reason for the pick :
The Pelicans seems to have found a winning solution against the Rockets in their first game back and I don’t expect them to change a thing against the Kings. They will run the same offense through Davis and rely on their wing players to hit 3’s when they are open. It is still early but Peyton is doing a solid job filling in the role of the Rondo. For the Kings, Cauley-Stein will have a great game but Davis will prove to be too much for him to handle as Davis will be the front-runner for MVP this season carrying the Pelicans.
Pelicans to win over the Kings in their home opener.
Betting trends for Sacramento Kings:
- Kings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:
- Pelicans are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.