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NBA Pick: Sacramento Kings vs. New Orleans Pelicans – March 31, 2017

New Orleans Pelicans

There is a Western Conference affair on Friday between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. This is played between DeMarcus Cousins and his old team. The Sacramento Kings are 29-46 on the season, which is 13th in the Western Conference. The Kings are 7.5 games back of a postseason spot.

For the New Orleans Pelicans, it appears the addition of Cousins will not get them into the postseason. The Pelicans have moved to 11th in the West, but are 32-43 on the season. New Orleans sits 4.5 games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the final spot. At Bookmaker, the New Orleans Pelicans are -9.5 over the Sacramento Kings.

Pelicans Playing Good Basketball

The New Orleans Pelicans have won 7 out of their last 10 games. It’s likely too little, too late for the Pelicans to get into the postseason. The Pelicans last six losses all came to postseason teams. New Orleans is coming off their 121-118 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

On the season, the Pelicans are scoring 103.9 points per game. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing just shy of 106 points per game. Anthony Davis remains the top scorer for the Pelicans, with more than 27.5 points per game. The Pelicans have surpassed their win total of a season ago when they won 30 games.

Kings Look to Spoil Cousins Game

The Sacramento Kings have no love lost for their former top scorer DeMarcus Cousins. They will look to spoil the first game between him and his former teammates. The Kings are coming into the game fresh off their 30 point loss to the Utah Jazz. Before that, the Kings won two straight games.

Sacramento is scoring just over 102 points per game and allowing more than 106 per game. The Kings are also one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, as they are grabbing just 40.7 per game. Sacramento won 33 games a season ago.

Pelicans Blowout Kings

The New Orleans Pelicans should and will roll in this game. The Pelicans are well balanced now with Cousins joining the team. The two big guys in the side are tough to stop, and who on Sacramento is going to stop them? It may start close, but in the end, the Pelicans are going to win easily.

New Orleans is getting closer to .500 on the season but will fall short of that. It will be an interesting off-season for both of these teams, but in this game, it’s all New Orleans. The final bet for this game on Friday is the New Orleans Pelicans -9.5 over the Sacramento Kings in a Western Conference tilt.