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The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings are trying to improve their position in the Western Conference before the NBA Playoffs kick off. The Sacramento Kings are currently third in the Western Conference with a 37-26 overall record and a 19-13 home record. The New Orleans Pelicans have fallen to tenth place in the West, with a 31-33 overall record and an 11-22 road record.
Monday will feature the second of three scheduled matches between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. The last time the Kings and Pelicans met, New Orleans won a 104-136 affair. With this game occurring at Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings will have home court advantage.
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|New Orleans Pelicans||Head-to-Head||Sacramento Kings|
|Willie Green||Head Coach||Mike Brown|
|31-33 (10th in West)||Standing||37-26 (3rd in West)|
|113.8 (18th of 30)||Off Rtg||119.3 (1st of 30)|
|113.0 (9th of 30)||Def Rtg||116.8 (26th of 30)|
|99.4 (14th of 30)||Pace||100.7 (9th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|Z. Williamson (16.0)||PPG||D. Fox (25.5)|
|J. Valanciunas (9.7)||RPG||D. Sabonis (12.4)|
|C. McCollum (5.9)||APG||D. Saboniss (6.9)|
|J. Richardson (2.7)||SPG||D. Fox, K. Huerter (1.1)|
|H. Jones, L. Nance Jr. (0.7)||BPG||T. Lyles, K. Murray, D. Sabonis (0.5)|
|L. Nance Jr. (.616)/Z. Williamson (9.8)||FG%/FGM||R. Holmes (.681)/D. Fox (9.5)|
|K. Lewis Jr. (.520)/C. McCollum (2.8)||3P%/3PM||K. Murray (.413)/K. Huerter (2.7)|
|E.J. Liddell||New Orleans Pelicans||03 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Liddell is still recovering from a torn right ACL.|
|Zion Williamson||New Orleans Pelicans||12 Feb 2023||Out (Hamstring)||Williamson suffered a setback and will be sidelined indefinitely.|
|Jose Alvarado||New Orleans Pelicans||28 Feb 2023||Out (Tibia)||Alvarado is scheduled to be re-evaluated in three weeks after suffering a right tibia injury.|
|Larry Nance Jr.||New Orleans Pelicans||04 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Ankle)||Nance Jr. was OUT for New Orleans' Friday (Mar. 3) game.|
|Josh Richardson||New Orleans Pelicans||04 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Personal)||Richardson was OUT for New Orleans' Friday (Mar. 3) game.|
|Jonas Valanciunas||New Orleans Pelicans||04 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Calf)||Valanciunas was OUT for New Orleans' Friday (Mar. 3) game.|
|Richaun Holmes||Sacramento Kings||04 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Illness)||Holmes was OUT for Sacramento's Friday (Mar. 3) game.|
The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans face off in a match that could propel either side toward their desired Western Conference position. The Kings enter this game from a loss but have won seven of their last ten games. The New Orleans Pelicans also lost their previous match while dropping six of their last ten games.
Despite a solid start to the season, the Pelicans have faltered due to injury and inconsistency despite still holding teams to just 33.8% three-point shooting (1st in the NBA) while forcing 15.2 turnovers per game (8th in the NBA). Despite forcing 18 turnovers and holding the sharpshooting Golden State Warriors to just ten threes in their last game, the Pelicans' offense failed them by scoring 99 points on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Sacramento Kings will put their top-ranked offense against the Pelicans, as they average 121.1 points per game (1st in the NBA) on 49.9% shooting from the field while dishing 27.0 assists per game (4th in the NBA). After dropping their last game, the Kings will want to improve their defense, as they allowed 138 points on 60.0% from the field and 51.3% from three-point range on 20 made threes.
Expect the Sacramento Kings to bounce back. The Kings will be re-focused after a dismal performance against the Timberwolves, and New Orleans lacks offensive cohesion and several key contributors due to injury. Even if Sacramento's defense isn't at its best, their offense has enough to outpace the struggling Pelicans.
The Sacramento Kings are the league's top offensive team, and the New Orleans Pelicans don't project to make the best pairing. On the season, the Sacramento Kings are averaging a combined 239.6 points per game on a plus-2.6 points differential. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging a combined 227.6 points per game on a plus-0.8 points differential.
Through their last five games, four of which have been losses, the New Orleans Pelicans have averaged a combined 218.2 points per game while averaging just 105.8 points themselves. The Sacramento Kings have trended in the opposite direction over their last five games, averaging a combined 271.4 points per game as they've collected four wins in that time.
Despite the Sacramento Kings' tremendous offensive form, we're taking the under in this game. While the Kings have been brilliant as of late, the Pelicans have cleared 110 points in just one of their last five matches. The Kings will be their usual selves offensively, but the Pelicans' depleted roster will need help to keep up.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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