The Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans will square off for the second time after the restart on Tuesday night at 9:05 pm EST in Orlando, Florida. The Kings are coming off their second straight loss after a defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Sunday. On the other hand, New Orleans fell by nine points to the San Antonio Spurs as the team, despite getting much more production and minutes from Zion Williamson, were not able to create much offense throughout the contest en route to their fourth loss in six games since the restart late last month. Unfortunately, New Orleans' struggles may continue as it seems that the team will indeed be shorthanded for this contest due to injury.
Kings drop a tough contest to the RocketsSacramento went up by thirteen points at the end of the first period versus the Rockets only to be outscored 70-35 in the second and third periods en route to their second-straight defeat. The team ended the contest shooting 47% from the floor with De'Aaron Fox leading yet again with twenty-six points along with nine assists. However, the Kings proved why they are ranked middle of the road (or worse) in most major defensive categories in giving up 47% shooting while allowing a dangerous Houston offense to post eighteen three-pointers in the loss. Their effort must get better on this end of the floor if they are to end their 2020 season on a winning note. Important to note that Sacramento allowed 57% shooting to the Pelicans in their most recent contest while New Orleans connected on fourteen treys in a fifteen point win for the Kings.
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Also, Sacramento has given up at least one-hundred and nineteen points in five of their first six contests after the restart. Expect for the Kings to get a heavy dose of Williamson as his minutes continue to increase after enduring a restriction earlier in the restart. However, the forward played twenty-seven minutes in the Pelican's loss versus the Spurs. Williamson posted twenty-four points on 10-12 shooting versus the Kings just four days ago.
Pelicans will be shorthanded on TuesdayNew Orleans continues to take the 'one step forward, one step back' approach during their 2020 season. While they have not dropped two-straight games since restarting their season, the team has failed to win consecutive games as well. Versus the Spurs, however, the Pelicans witnessed their star in Williamson log in twenty-seven minutes for the game while posting twenty-five points along with seven boards in the loss. Also, J.J. Reddick was on fire in hitting eight three-pointers to end with thirty-one points to lead the team. Important to note that Brandon Ingram shot 6-14 from the floor to end with seventeen points while Jrue Holiday finished 2-12 with just seven points while recording five turnovers.
Unfortunately, despite having a less than stellar outing versus San Antonio, Holiday and Ingram will not suit up for the Pelicans on Tuesday night due to knee injuries. To make matters worse, Williamson, who has posted twenty or more points in his last three starts, will also be out for the contest with knee issues as well. In all, the Pelicans must get some type of scoring punch from Reddick, Lonzo Ball, along with center Derrick Favors. Truth be told, they should be able to keep this game within reach being that the Kings are struggling on the defensive end.
Stats & Trends
- Pelicans are 4-8 ATS in last 12 games
- Pelicans are 5-8 SU in last 13 games
- The over is 5-0 in last 5 meetings amongst these teams
- The over is 8-2 in last 10 games for the Kings
Neither of these teams have proven that they can put in a consistent and effective effort at the defensive end for the entire game. On the other hand, expect each of these squads to push the pace constantly in this contest in order to take advantage of a weak defense. Again, the over has dominated amongst these two teams as each has shown their ability to put up some points. Expect the Kings to control the pace of this game as this usually results in the over being the huge play (as in 8 of the Kings last 10 games).