The Sacramento Kings host the New Orleans Pelicans in the second In-Season Tournament quarterfinal on Monday.
Our online betting odds have the Kings favored at -4 to advance in what should be a hotly contested Western Conference clash.
The likes of Zion Williamson and De’Aaron Fox are on show, so strap in for an exciting tournament game.
What to Expect From Pelicans?
Bettors never know what to expect from the Pelicans. They can look great one day and terrible the next, but we expect them to perform highly.
Our NBA money lines have them at +145 to win outright, so there is some respect with the sportsbook despite playing on the road, where they are 3-6.
Having only three road wins is the biggest concern, considering they come off a disappointing 124-118 loss to the lowly Chicago Bulls.
They are 10-8 against the spread, so those who enjoy betting online have cashed in. Their road ATS record of 3-5-1 isn’t as good, but there are some signs of life.
Having the likes of Williamson and Ingram in the team makes them a threat. Williamson is a beast in the paint, and the Kings might not have the size to contend with him.
Ingram is a jump shooting threat, so if he’s on his game, the Pelicans will be tough to beat.
The Pelicans are 2-0 against the Kings, and although both games were at home, it should give them confidence.
Kings Notching Up Big Wins
We have been impressed with the recent form of the 11-7 Kings, who come off a 123-117 win over the Denver Nuggets.
Our sportsbook is giving them plenty of respect and rightfully so. Fox had 26 points in the victory, and once he heats up, the Pelicans could be in for a world of hurt.
“You’re never going to stop (Jokic) with just one guy. A lot of times, even with the whole team, you probably won’t stop him,” Fox said. “You just want to make sure the other guys don’t really get it going. When they do, it’s pretty much pick your poison with that team.”
They also scored recent wins over the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. They showed true grit when coming back to beat the Warriors 124-123, so the future is bright for the young Kings side.
Playing at home is a big advantage. They are 6-2 (4-4 ATS), so they’re comfortable at Golden 1 Center and will be keen to avenge their previous two road losses in front of a home crowd as the -165 favorites.
Pelicans vs Kings Game Information
- Game: Pelicans (11-10) vs Kings (11-7)
- Date/Time: Dec. 4, 10 p.m. ET
- Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento
- Pelicans vs Kings Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Pelicans vs Kings Betting Lines
Pelicans vs Kings Game Prediction
Predicted Score: Sacramento Kings 121, New Orleans Pelicans 114
Worth Betting the Moneyline?
We’re including the Kings -165 in our NBA parlay bets. They are playing well, and they have plenty of offensive weapons.
They only need to block up the paint from Williamson’s drive to keep the Pelicans at bay.
NBA Pick: Sacramento Kings -165
Worth Betting ATS?
The Kings are good enough to cover the -4 spread. They get the benefit of playing at home, and Fox averages 30.3 points per game, which is tough to overlook.
There is more upside with the Kings, so take them to cover the number.
NBA Pick: Sacramento Kings -3½
Worth Betting on the Totals?
The number is 237 and we predicted 235 points. It could be too close to call, so we’re opting to leave out the total for this game.
Questions Of The Day
Who is the betting favorite to win the NBA In Season Tournament?
The betting favorite to win the In-Season Tournament are the Boston Celtics, who face the Pacers in the quarters.
Who is a good underdog pick to win the NBA In Season Tournament?
The Sacramento Kings are a good underdog pick to win the NBA In-Season Tournament, as they have an excellent young roster.