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Pelicans vs Kings Predictions & Best Bets

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2023

The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings are set for a quarterfinal matchup in the NBA In-Season Tournament on Monday, Dec. 4 (10 p.m. ET).

The Pelicans (3-1 in group play) earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, while the Kings (4-0) grabbed the No. 2 seed and became one of four teams to go undefeated in the In-Season Tournament.

Here are the latest NBA odds and best bets for Pelicans vs Kings.

Pelicans vs Kings NBA In-Season Tournament Odds

NBA odds used for these best bets are current as of Friday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. ET and were found at bet365 Sportsbook.

  • Moneyline: Kings (-210) • Pelicans (+175)
  • Spread: Kings -5 (-110) • Pelicans +5 (-110)
  • Total Points: Over 232.5 (-110) • Under 232.5 (-110)

Pelicans vs Kings In-Season Tournament Prediction

Kings 122, Pelicans 116

The Pelicans and Kings have met twice this season — both wins for New Orleans. Sacramento dropped the first on Nov. 20, 129-93 before bouncing back with a much more competitive effort in a 117-112 defeat on Nov. 22.

Thanks to their superior group-play record, the Kings secured home-court advantage for the meeting with the Pels, which will play an important role. As of games played on Nov. 30, Sacramento is 5-2 outright at home compared to just 5-5 on the road.

With that said, this one may come down to how efficiently the Kings can stroke the three-ball. New Orleans allows the most three-point attempts per game in the NBA, but it’s also limiting opponents to a league-best 32.5% clip — a massive credit to its staunch perimeter defenders.

If Sacramento can find a way to get it going, it wins this game.

Pelicans vs Kings In-Season Tournament Bets

Kings -5 (-110)

bet365 Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

Sacramento has scored much more efficiently at home this season, and as one of only a handful of teams to go 4-0 in group play, it’s clear that the Kings are taking the In-Season Tournament seriously.

The Pelicans will put up a fight, but Sacramento will essentially be playing a single-elimination playoff game in front of its home crowd. This will be a tough environment for New Orleans to succeed in.

The Kings have the upper hand. Back them to cover as 5-point favorites with your NBA bet of the day.

Over 232.5 (-110)

bet365 Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit

The Pelicans and Kings play at faster paces than most, which bodes well for the Over at 232.5 points. New Orleans has a slew of defensive-minded players it can throw at De’Aaron Fox, but if Sacramento gets enough shots up, it can offset that difference.

Overs are 5-2 in Kings home games this season. With the Pelicans trending back up on offense, they should help push this one beyond this projected scoring total.

Pelicans vs Kings In-Season Tournament Prop Bet

Zion Williamson: Over 23.5 Points (-150)

bet365 Sportsbook • WAGER: 1.5 Units

After a somewhat slow start to the season, Williamson is beginning to come around. The 23-year-old wrecking ball is averaging 25.9 points per game over his last eight after logging just 21.3 through his first nine.

This matchup with the Kings is a favorable one, too. Sacramento isn’t known for its defense, and it ranks 24th in the NBA in opponent two-pointers made per game.

Williamson scored at least 25 points in each of his matchups with the Kings this year, and the stakes will be higher tonight with elimination on the line. Go for the Over at 23.5 points.

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Garrett Chorpenning

Garrett Chorpenning is the Lead NBA Editor for The Game Day. His previous work includes covering the LA Clippers for Sports Illustrated and FanSided. He graduated from Ball State University in 2021.

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