New Orleans (32-48 SU, 36-43-1 ATS) at Sacramento (39-41 SU, 45-33-2 ATS)
Sunday 9:00 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: King ATS
Best Line Offered: Bovada
Neither the New Orleans Pelicans nor the Sacramento Kings are going to make the playoffs, but the Kings feel like there’s still something they can accomplish as they prepare to play their home finale in the Pelicans’ final road game of the season Sunday.
Sacramento’s 119-98 loss at Utah on Friday guaranteed that the Kings won’t finish with a winning record, but they can still finish .500 by beating New Orleans and winning their season finale at Portland on Wednesday. A 40-win season would be the Kings’ best since they last made the playoffs in 2005-06. Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said before Friday’s game that a break-even record would be a significant milestone for the young and rebuilding team.
Nothing went right Friday for Sacramento, which was playing without center Willie Cauley-Stein for personal reasons. Utah scored the first 13 points of the game and the Kings lost two players during the game as guard De’Aaron Fox (foot) and center Kosta Koufos(calf) left in the first half and did not return. Their status for the game against New Orleans wasn’t immediately known.
The Pelicans can relate to the Kings’ absences as New Orleans is playing out the stretch with three starters — Anthony Davis (back), Jrue Holiday (core muscle) and E’twaun Moore (knee/quad) — sidelined by injury.
New Orleans began its final road trip of the season Friday night with its second overtime loss to the Western Conference-worst Suns in the last three weeks, falling 133-126. The Pelicans, who finish the season at home against Golden State on Tuesday, lead the season series against the Kings 2-1 after a 121-118 home victory on March 28.
The home team has won each meeting, with the Pelicans winning 149-129 on Oct. 19 in New Orleans and the Kings winning 122-117 on Dec. 23 in Sacramento. Give the Kings a major advantage as they are 25-13-2 ATS at home this year.