The New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) and Sacramento Kings (11-7) will meet for the third time this season, with the stakes being much higher than the previous two contests. The Pelicans and Kings are in the quarterfinal round of the NBA’s first In-Season Tournament, with the winner advancing to face the winner of the Suns-Lakers quarterfinal.
The Pelicans will be without Larry Nance Jr., but everyone else is in. The Kings have listed Chris Duarte as questionable with knee soreness.
The Kings are 3.5-point favorites at home according to DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total coming in at 236.5. Sacramento is -155 on the moneyline while New Orleans is +130.
Pelicans vs. Kings, 10 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Pelicans +3.5
This is an interesting situation. The Kings are 4-4 ATS at home, while the Pelicans are 3-5-1 ATS as the road team this year. However, New Orleans has won both matchups previously this season and should have a good idea how to play this Sacramento squad. Take the Pelicans to cover here and potentially win outright in this knockout encounter.
Over/Under: Under 236.5
Sacramento is 10-8 on overs this year, but that number is a bit off because the Kings have such high totals to begin with. The Pelicans are 9-12 to the over, and have gone over in two of their last three. However, the previous two meetings between these sides have gone under this number and I expect better defense to be played tonight given the stakes. Take the under here.