3rd Quarter Report
The Pelicans need a win to get to even, but right now it’s anybody’s game. After three quarters their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Kings 100-69.
The Pelicans came into the matchup with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We’ll see if they’re able to flip the script or if it’ll just be more of the same.
Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans
Current Records: Sacramento 8-4, New Orleans 6-7
How To Watch
- When: Monday, November 20, 2023 at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Smoothie King Center — New Orleans, Louisiana
- TV: Bally Sports – New Orleans
- Follow: CBS Sports App
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- Ticket Cost: $4.00
What to Know
The Pelicans will be in front of their home fans on Monday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. They will take on the Sacramento Kings at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday. The Pelicans and the Kings are at an even 5-5 over their past ten head-to-heads.
Last Saturday, New Orleans was just a bucket shy of victory and fell 121-120 to Minnesota. The Pelicans have not had much luck with the Timberwolves recently, as the team’s come up short the last three times they’ve met.
Despite their loss, the Pelicans saw several players rise to the challenge and make noteworthy plays. Jonas Valanciunas, who dropped a double-double on 26 points and 11 rebounds, was perhaps the best of all.
Meanwhile, the Kings waltzed into Sunday’s matchup with five straight wins but they left with six. They enjoyed a cozy 129-113 win over Dallas. 129 seems to be a good number for the Kings as the team scooped up a victory with the same number of points in their previous game.
The Kings relied on the efforts of De’Aaron Fox, who went 6 for 10 from beyond the arc en route to 30 points and 7 assists, and Domantas Sabonis, who dropped a double-double on 32 points and 13 rebounds. Sabonis hasn’t dropped below ten rebounds for three straight games.
New Orleans has traveled a rocky road recently, as they’ve lost six of their last eight matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 6-7 record this season. As for Sacramento, their victory bumped their record up to 8-4.
While only the Kings took care of their fans the last time they played, both teams pleased bettors by covering the spread. Going forward, they are expected to win a tight contest, barring any buzzer beaters. This contest will be New Orleans’ eighth straight as the underdogs (so far over this stretch they are 3-3-1 against the spread).
This contest is one where the number of possessions is likely to be a big factor: The Pelicans haven’t given up the ball easily this season, having only averaged 13.8 turnovers per game. However, it’s not like the Kings struggle in that department as they’ve been averaging only 13.2 per game. Given these competing strengths, it’ll be interesting to see how their clash plays out. Check CBS Sports after the match for a full breakdown of the game, commentary, and other NBA content.
Sacramento is a slight 1-point favorite against New Orleans, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1-point spread, and stayed right there.
The over/under is set at 237.5 points.
New Orleans and Sacramento both have 5 wins in their last 10 games.
- Apr 04, 2023 – Sacramento 121 vs. New Orleans 103
- Mar 06, 2023 – Sacramento 123 vs. New Orleans 108
- Feb 05, 2023 – New Orleans 136 vs. Sacramento 104
- Apr 05, 2022 – New Orleans 123 vs. Sacramento 109
- Mar 02, 2022 – New Orleans 125 vs. Sacramento 95
- Nov 03, 2021 – Sacramento 112 vs. New Orleans 99
- Oct 29, 2021 – Sacramento 113 vs. New Orleans 109
- Apr 12, 2021 – New Orleans 117 vs. Sacramento 110
- Feb 01, 2021 – Sacramento 118 vs. New Orleans 109
- Jan 17, 2021 – New Orleans 128 vs. Sacramento 123