The Sacramento Kings enter Sunday's showdown against the Pelicans at 17-15. They are 8-7 at home and 6-4 over the last ten games. Looking to end a three game losing streak, the Pelicans are a who are just 4-13 on the road and 15-18 overall this season.
The Pelicans are ranked second in scoring but 26th in points allowed. Although very careless with the ball, ranked 23rd in turnovers, the Pelicans get many second chance opportunities, due to having three players with at least nine rebounds per game.
The Kings are nearly a carbon copy of the Pelicans in terms of scoring and defense. They are near the bottom in points allowed, but fourth in scoring. Although being outrebounded by over four per game, Sacramento makes up for it with good ball control, above the league average in fewest turnovers.
New Orleans will feature the best player on the court in power forward Anthony Davis. He can do it all, averaging 28.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per night. Point guard Jrue Holliday is the court general, dishing out 8.8 assists per contest while adding nearly 21 points per game. Jules Randle and Nikola Mirotic could also give the Kings fits, combing for nearly 37 points and 19 rebounds a night. If the Pelicans need a clutch three, they will look for E'Twuan Moore who is connecting on 42.5 percent from long range.
Having a trio of excellent three point shooters, the Kings can bury a team from long range. Buddy Heild, D'Aaron Fox and Namanja Bjelica all knock down over 40 percent from beyond the arc. Hield leads the team in scoring at just over 20 per night, while Fox adds 18. Top rebounder Willie Cauley-Stein could cause some issues inside for the Pelicans.
This could be the highest scoring game of the weekend, with a shootout likely. The winner of this game could come down to who has the ball last, or even end in overtime. New Orleans is a one-point road favorite, but they have struggled so much on the road. Sacramento has a better chance of hitting a long range, last second shot if needed to win. Given that and home court advantage, the Kings are likely to continue the Pelicans road issues.