The Sacramento Kings (8-4) take on the New Orleans Pelicans (6-7) Monday. Tip-off from Smoothie King Center is set for 8 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Kings vs. Pelicans odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
Season series: First meeting; Sacramento won 2-1 last season
Sacramento has won 6 straight games and is coming off a 129-113 victory over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday, covering as a 1.5-point underdog. The duo of G De’Aaron Fox and C Damontas Sabonis shined in the win, combining for 62 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists.
New Orleans suffered a 121-120 loss vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday, covering as a 7.5-point underdog. The Pelicans once led by 15 in that game, but their 26 fouls and 17 turnovers helped the Timberwolves complete the comeback. The Pelicans have now lost 3 of their last 5.
Kings at Pelicans odds
Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:21 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Kings -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Pelicans -105 (bet $105 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Kings -1.5 (-105) | Pelicans +1.5 (-115)
- Over/Under (O/U): 237.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Kings at Pelicans key injuries
- G Jose Alvarado (ankle) questionable
- G CJ McCollum (lung) out
- F Trey Murphy III (knee) out
- F Larry Nance Jr. (rib) out
- F/G Matt Ryan (calf) questionable
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Kings at Pelicans picks and predictions
Kings 124, Pelicans 116
BET KINGS (-115).
The Kings are rolling lately while the Pelicans have been struggling a bit as of late. New Orleans has lost 3 of its last 5 games overall and is only 2-6 in its last 8 games overall. The Pelicans are also only 2-3 in their last 5 home games. Sacramento is a much better offensive team than New Orleans and has proven to be marginally better on the defensive end of the ball, meaning Sacramento is rightly being looked at as the favorite here.
LEAN KINGS -1.5 (-105).
The Kings are 2-0 ATS in the last 2 meetings with New Orleans and are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 wins vs. the Pelicans. Sacramento is also 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games overall, 5-1 ATS during its current win streak, and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games overall.
This is a game where whichever team you pick on the moneyline should also be the team you back with your ATS bet.
LEAN OVER 237.5 (-105).
Sacramento’s offense continues to be among the best in the NBA and has been hot during its current win streak, scoring 125 or more points in each of its last 4 games and scoring 120 points or more in 5 of its 6 games during the win steak. Both Sacramento and New Orleans are in the bottom half of the league defensively, meaning that neither team should have much success stopping the other in this matchup.
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