Pelicans vs Kings Preview and Free Pick [2/12/2017]

New Orleans (21-33) at Sacramento (22-32)
When: Sunday, February 12th 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
Time: 9:00 ET | TV: NBA TV

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Two teams trying to make their way into the Western Conference Playoff race, face off on Sunday night as the Sacramento Kings host the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center. The Pelicans kicked off a rough four-game road trip with a 122-106 victory in Minnesota on Friday night as Anthony Davis went up against a fellow former Kentucky Wildcat star in Karl-Anthony Towns. Davis scored 42 points against the Timberwolves to mark the fourth time in the last seven games that he has scored at least 31 points. Davis scored 34 against Sacramento on November 8th, but the Pelicans fell to the Kings 102-94 to snap a six-game winning streak in the series. Jrue Holiday continued his solid play with 25 points and 12 assists Friday while backcourt mate Buddy Hield stepped up to score 17 with fellow guards Tyreke Evans (ankle) and E’Twaun Moore (personal) sitting out. Power forward Dante Cunningham scored 12 points Friday after averaging just 4.1 over the previous eight games. Forward Terrence Jones (thumb) and Center Alexis Ajinca (personal), along with Evans and Moore, are questionable for Sunday. New Orleans will hit Phoenix on Monday night before ending the road swing in Memphis on Wednesday.


Another former Kentucky star in DeMarcus Cousins has been leading the Kings toward a playoff spot basically on his own. Cousins scored 22 on Friday as the Kings rallied from 22 points down to defeat Atlanta 108-107 and improve to 3-1 in their last four games. Cousins struggled from the field his last two games, going 11-for-33, but has recorded 15 double-doubles and two triple-doubles in his past 18 games. Cousins averages 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists, but Sacramento found a way to beat Boston on Wednesday without him (suspension) and sits just 2.5 games out of the eighth spot in the West. Darren Collison (13.5 points) scored 22 on Friday as well as fellow guard Ben McLemore, who is averaging 13.8 points while hitting 13-of-27 from 3-point range in the last five games. The Kings need more of the same from McLemore with guard Ty Lawson (9.0 points, 4.5 assists) questionable due to a hamstring injury. Forward Anthony Tolliver matched a season high with five 3-pointers Friday and has scored in double figures in three of his last four games. Sacramento will go on the road after this to face the Lakers and Golden State next week.

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Sacramento is playing a little better than New Orleans right now and Cousins is taking over games. I like the Kings to win their third in a row tonight and cover the spread at the same time.

Pick: Kings -3.5