The Sacramento Kings (47-31, 24-14 Away) are on the road to face the New Orleans Pelicans (40-38, 25-13 Home) Tuesday in a matchup that pits powerful offense against stifling defense. Sacramento lost to the San Antonio Spurs 142-134 in overtime at Golden 1 Center on Sunday. De’Aaron Fox was the scoring leader in the loss with 28 points.
Domantas Sabonis added 26 points and six assists. The Kings are third in the Western Conference. New Orleans won their third home game in a row on Saturday at Smoothie King Center, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 122-114. Brandon Ingram had 36 points and eight assists to lead the team.
The Pelicans are seventh in the Western Conference. This marks the last meeting of the season between the teams. Sacramento and New Orleans have split their two matchups this season. The Kings came out on top in the last meeting, beating the Pelicans 123-108 at Golden 1 Center on March 6.
Kevin Huerter led the Kings with 25 points and eight assists. Ingram had 24 points in the loss. Fox is averaging 25.2 points per game to lead the Kings in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Sabonis is contributing 12.4 rebounds, most in the NBA, and 7.2 assists per game.
CJ McCollum (20.8 ppg) has been the primary provider of the Pels’ offense. McCollum also has tallied 5.8 assists per game. Jonas Valanciunas has collected 10.1 rebounds per game. The Kings rank No. 1 in the league in offensive efficiency, while the Pelicans are fifth in defensive efficiency.
The Pelicans have had success in recent meetings between the teams at Smoothie King Center, winning six of the last 10. In the last 10 games, Sacramento is 6-4 with an average margin of +5.6 (122.5-116.9).
New Orleans has a 7-3 record over the last 10, scoring 116.4 points per game on average while allowing 104.6 (+11.8 margin). The Pelicans are averaging 114.3 ppg for the full season while allowing 112.2.
(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Trey Murphy III: 25.0 | 19.0 | +6.0
Zion Williamson: 0.0 | 36.3 | -36.3
Points per game:
Trey Murphy III: 20.6 | 14.0 | +6.6
Zion Williamson: 0.0 | 25.1 | -25.1
Rebounds per game:
Jonas Valanciunas: 13.4 | 10.1 | +3.3
Zion Williamson: 0.0 | 6.7 | -6.7
Assists per game:
Brandon Ingram: 8.4 | 5.6 | +2.8
SportsTips’ NBA Pick:
NO Pelicans (-165)
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