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The Pelicans need a win to tie it, but right now it’s anyone’s game. They have a bit of protection as they currently lead the Kings 66-53.
The Pelicans came into the contest with extra motivation after the loss they suffered the last time these two teams met. We’ll see if they are able to turn the script around or if it will simply be more of the same.
Who is playing
Sacramento Kings @ New Orleans Pelicans
Current records: Sacramento 8-4, New Orleans 6-7
How to watch
- When: Monday, November 20, 2023 at 8 pm Eastern Time
- Where: Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, Louisiana
- TELEVISION: Bally Sports – New Orleans
- Continue: 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 layout shows they might need that home-field advantage. They will face the Sacramento Kings at 8:00 pm ET on Monday. The Pelicans and Kings are tied 5-5 in their last ten head-to-head meetings.
Last Saturday, New Orleans was one step away from victory and fell 121-120 to Minnesota. The Pelicans haven’t had much luck against the Timberwolves recently, as the team has come up short the last three times they’ve met.
Despite their loss, the Pelicans saw several players rise to the challenge and make notable plays. Jonas Valanciunas, who had a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds, was perhaps the best of all.
Meanwhile, the Kings entered Sunday’s matchup with five straight wins, but left with six. They enjoyed a cozy 129-113 victory over Dallas. 129 seems to be a good number for the Kings, as the team was victorious with the same number of points in their previous game.
The Kings relied on the efforts of De’Aaron Fox, who went 6 of 10 from beyond the arc en route to 30 points and 7 assists, and Domantas Sabonis, who had a double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Sabonis has not dropped below ten rebounds in three straight games.
New Orleans has been on a rough road recently, losing six of its last eight matchups, noticeably affecting its 6-7 record this season. As for Sacramento, his victory raised their record to 8-4.
While only the Kings took care of their fans last time they played, both teams pleased bettors by covering the spread. Going forward, they are expected to win a close competition unless someone beats the buzzer. This game will be New Orleans’ eighth consecutive game as underdogs (so far in this stretch they are 3-3-1 against the spread).
In this contest the number of possessions is likely to be a major factor: the Pelicans have not given the ball away easily this season, having averaged just 13.8 turnovers per game. It’s not like the Kings have a problem there, though, as they’ve averaged just 13.2 per game. Given these competing strengths, it will be interesting to see how their clash plays out. Check out CBS Sports after the game for a complete game breakdown, commentary and other NBA content.
Sacramento is a slight 1-point favorite against New Orleans, at last report. NBA Odds.
The bettors were in line with the betting community in this case, as the game started with a 1-point difference and stayed there.
The over/under is set at 237.5 points.
History of the series
New Orleans and Sacramento have 5 wins in their last 10 games.
- April 4, 2023: Sacramento 121 vs. New Orleans 103
- March 6, 2023: Sacramento 123 vs. New Orleans 108
- February 5, 2023 – New Orleans 136 vs. Sacrament 104
- April 5, 2022 – New Orleans 123 vs. Sacramento 109
- March 2, 2022 – New Orleans 125 vs. Sacramento 95
- November 3, 2021: Sacramento 112 vs. New Orleans 99
- October 29, 2021: Sacramento 113 vs. New Orleans 109
- April 12, 2021: New Orleans 117 vs. Sacramento 110
- February 1, 2021: Sacramento 118 vs. New Orleans 109
- January 17, 2021: New Orleans 128 vs. Sacramento 123