DeMarcus Cousins Post-Trade Props For Pelicans

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Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 3:25 PM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 3:25 PM UTC

The Sacramento Kings stunned the NBA world on Monday by trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans for a rather underwhelming package. The Bovada sportsbook offers some props in the wake of that deal.

The Pelicans now have the best frontcourt in the NBA in All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis – both former one-and-done Kentucky players. You already hear rumors that current UK coach John Calipari could take over at New Orleans next season if the Pelicans don’t make the playoffs under Alvin Gentry. One could argue the Cousins/Davis pairing is the NBA’s best at power forward and center since Tim Duncan and David Robinson in San Antonio back in the late 1990s.

That said, the NBA is more about small-ball these days – think the Warriors – so it will be interesting to see whether a Davis/Cousins pairing works. They are two of only three players averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds this season. The other is OKC’s Russell Westbrook. Since 2012-13, Cousins leads the league with 26 games of at least 30 points and 15 rebounds. Davis is second with 18. No one else is close. Cousins and Davis are the only players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past four seasons.

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Cousins will make his New Orleans debut on Thursday night at home vs. Houston – the same court where Sunday’s All-Star Game was held. Davis had an ASG record 52 points in winning game MVP honors on Sunday. Cousins barely played because he was a bit banged up and the fact a trade was in the works.

On Bovada NBA odds, Cousins is given an average of 24 points and 10 rebounds per game the rest of the regular season. The ‘over/under’ for both are the same -120 price. Cousins was averaging 27.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg with the Kings. Clearly he’s not going to get as many touches next to Davis. I would lean ‘under’ the points but ‘over’ the rebounds as Cousins will be the primary rebounder with Davis perhaps more on the perimeter guarding those stretch-4s.

The Pelicans are given an ‘over/under’ of 37.5 wins. They come out of the break at 23-34 and thus would need to close the season at a minimum of 15-10 to go ‘over’ that total. That 15-10 record is probably also necessary to get the West’s final playoff spot. New Orleans is 2.5 games behind eighth-place Denver. It’s going to take some time for Pelicans to jell. Plus Davis has a history of getting hurt. I’d lean 'under' 37.5 wins on NBA picks as the Pelicans have weakened themselves on the perimeter in dealing away Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans.

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