The Pelicans host the Kings Friday night, gifting double digits on the NBA oddsboard. A strong defensive effort from the visitors will see a tighter contest than advertised. Free pick, score prediction, trends, and tips here.
Kings vs. Pelicans (-11, 230.5)
The public is heavy on the Pelicans through the first few hours trading on the NBA oddsboard with nearly 87 percent of tickets at the top online betting sites supporting the home team. The line has moved from only -10.5 to -11 in response. The action on the total is nearly 50-50, but big money is coming in on the OVER. The line is up 2.5 points from a 228 opener.
Tips & Trends:
New Orleans (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) is coming off a stellar opening game, thwarting the high-powered Rockets 131-112 as a 7.5-point underdog. Six different players scored in double figures, led by star center Anthony Davis’ 32 points and 16 rebounds. Since the start of last season, the Pelicans are 15-7 SU and ATS coming off a game posting greater than 120 points.
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Sacramento (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) put in a solid effort in its opener, falling 123-117 as an 8-point underdog to the Jazz. Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor, but the Kings hit just 66 percent from the charity stripe and made 7 treys to 13 for Utah.
The Pelicans present a much different battle than the Jazz. In the last calendar year, the Kings are 9-13 SU and 15-7 ATS as a road underdog in games with a total higher than 206 points. Faster pace and porous opponent defenses tend to awaken the franchise.
Sacramento is tipping off a 9.7-point underdog in the aforementioned spot, covering the spread by 4.4 points per game. Strong defense is the catalyst for success. The team is allowing 104.5 points per game, holding 16 of 22 opponents under their projected team total. Expect a much better effort defending the rim Friday night.
Pick: Kings +11
Score Prediction Pelicans 119-113
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