The New Orleans Pelicans will travel on the road to the Golden 1 Center on Sunday evening as they wind down the regular season with a Western Conference matchup versus the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings may not have made the playoffs in 2019, but they certainly made a statement with their performance throughout the regular season. Sacramento looks to have one of the brightest futures of any team headed for the lottery this season — with several young players oozing with potential, they will be one of the favorites to make the leap into the playoffs next year. Will Sacramento be able to finish off the season strong with a victory at home versus the lowly Pelicans on Sunday?
Pelicans squander 15-point lead in loss to Suns
The Pelicans were unable to stop their current losing skid on Friday night in a matchup of short-handed teams. Julius Randle had 31 points and 14 rebounds, while Elfrid Payton handed out 12 dimes in a losing effort for New Orleans, which squandered a 15-point lead in the 133-126 overtime loss. Ian Clark also added 24 points for the Pelicans on the night.
The Pelicans will once again be without de facto starting point guard Frank Jackson, who remains out with a concussion. Jackson had some big games while keeping the team afloat without Elfrid Payton or Jrue Holiday in the backcourt. In 13 games during the month of March, Jackson averaged a healthy 15.5 points per game, while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from deep during that span.
The Pelicans have been one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA since the All-Star Break, averaging just 106.1 points per 100 possessions (29th in the NBA) and allowing 112.7 points per 100 possessions on defense (21st in the NBA) for a net rating of -6.7 (28th in the NBA).
Kings lose Fox in loss to Jazz
Sacramento was unable to keep its momentum going on Friday night, losing 119-98 to the red-hot Utah Jazz. Buddy Hield led the Kings in scoring with 17 points, while Marvin Bagley III finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds to continue his development since the All-Star Break. The Kings were without starting point guard De’Aaron Fox for most of the game. Fox played eight minutes before leaving with a foot injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against New Orleans.
Sacramento has to be pleased with the way that Bagley came along during his rookie season. He comes in averaging a healthy 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, but he’s taken his game to new heights since returning from injury in January. After starting the year on the bench, the No. 2-overall pick has been averaging 18.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game since the All-Star Break, while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from downtown in just 27.4 minutes of action.
The Kings have scored 109.2 points per 100 possessions for the season (18th in the NBA) and allowing 110.3 points per 100 possessions on the defensive end of the floor (20th in the NBA).
- Kings are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Kings are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Kings are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
- Pelicans are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- Pelicans are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
- Pelicans are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games.