Both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings are merely counting down the days of their stay at Disney World, as none of them are going to the playoffs. Sacramento, in fact, has now stretched their playoff famine to 14 years, the longest active streak in the league. Speaking of streaks, they are looking to go 2-0 straight up against the Pelicans in Orlando.
Betting Preview for the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Regular Season Game on August 11, 2020
Where: Walt Disney World, Orlando
When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the New Orleans Pelicans (odds)
Regular Season Record: 30-40
JJ Redick is not used to not sitting at home and watching the playoffs, but that’s what he’s about to deal with for the first time in his NBA career, as the Pelicans have been ousted from postseason contention following their 122-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. (Even if they won, they’d still be eliminated after the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers.) Redick blew up in that game, with 25 points and eight 3-pointers. Zion Williamson returned to action after sitting out the previous game, a win against the Washington Wizards, and scored 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor. With basically nothing left to play for, the Pelicans could opt to sit Williamson and just let the tandem of Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram to lead the way for them. Ingram scored 24 points and Holiday 17 in their 140-125 loss to Sacramento on Aug. 6, despite the team shooting 57.3 percent from the field.
The under is 7-3 in the Pelicans’ last 10 games.
Betting on the Sacramento Kings (odds)
Regular Season Record: 29-41
The Kings will also have to watch the playoffs from their thrones — or couches — after getting officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, with a 129-112 loss to the Houston Rockets and the aforementioned win by the Blazers. Against the Rockets, De’Aaron Fox shone the brightest for the Kings, scoring a team-high 26 points and recording nine assists. While Fox has been playing well in Orlando, the same can’t be said of the team’s defense. Sacramento is allowing 123.8 points per game in Orlando, with opponents shooting 48.3 percent from the field. That kind of bad defense showed up in their previous meeting with New Orleans, but they were able to compensate for that with their great offense. The Kings nailed 16 threes on 33 attempts and 53 percent of their shots from the field. They could be missing a center in this upcoming game, though, as Richaun Holmes sat out the Rockets game with a sore hip.
The Kings are 2-2 against the spread in their last four games.
The Pelicans win, 127-123.
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