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Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings is guarded by Chris Paul and Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during the Play-In Tournament. We're backing Sabonis in our Kings vs. Pelicans player props.
Domantas Sabonis of the Sacramento Kings is guarded by Chris Paul and Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during the Play-In Tournament. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images via AFP.

An NBA playoff spot is on the line Friday as the Sacramento Kings clash with the New Orleans Pelicans, and we're offering our top Kings vs. Pelicans player props based on the best NBA odds.

In their bid to secure a playoff berth, the New Orleans Pelicans (49-33) face the Sacramento Kings (46-36) in their second NBA Play-In Tournament game, missing star forward Zion Williamson. Set for Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La., this matchup carries immense significance as both teams strive for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

With Williamson sidelined, the Pelicans are a 1.5-point underdog across our best sports betting sites as they come off a 110-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in their first play-in game.

Meanwhile, the Kings are riding high on the momentum of their dominant 118-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors and are poised for a strong showing.

To complement our Bulls vs. Heat player props, here are our best Kings vs. Pelicans player props and NBA picks (odds via our best NBA betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Kings vs. Pelicans player props for Friday

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Kings vs. Pelicans prop bet predictions

Brandon Ingram Over 19.5 points ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Without Williamson, the Pelicans are going to need to rely on Brandon Ingram, the team's second-leading scorer (20.8 PPG). While Ingram's scoring output has been sporadic this year, he's turned in 34 performances of 20 points in 64 games (53.1%) and will see more opportunity without Zion in the lineup.

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The Kings rank in the back half of the league in points allowed per game (114.8) and the thought of Ingram should scare them, and not just because he's nicknamed Slenderman. Sacramento gives up the ninth-most points per game in the NBA to small forwards (22.03) and the third-most 3-pointers (3.06).

That's why this prop is priced as short as -111 at our other best sportsbooks, implying a 52.61% probability he hits the Over, according to our odds calculator. But at our price via DraftKings, a $10 bet will lead to a $9.80 profit.

Best odds: -102 via DraftKings

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Domantas Sabonis Over 13.5 rebounds ⭐⭐⭐

Williamson is nicknamed "Zanos" for a reason. Without him, the Pelicans aren't perfectly balanced on either end of the court. Zion's absence should open the paint up for the NBA's leading rebounder, Domantas Sabonis (13.7 RPG).

Sabonis is positioned to do his best Thor impression and pull in rebounds like the ball is Mjolnir and he's calling to it. Williamson is the team's second-leading rebounder and New Orleans already allows 15.14 rebounds per game to centers when he's in the lineup.

Without him, Sabonis is set for his 37th game of at least 14 rebounds this season. At our -102 odds from DraftKings a $10 bet pays out $18.93 on this prop, which is priced as short as -120 elsewhere, implying a 54.55% chance it hits.

Best odds: -112 via DraftKings

Keon Ellis Over 2.5 made 3-pointers ⭐⭐⭐

The Williamson injury isn't the only absence impacting this game, the Kings are still without Malik Monk, the favorite by the NBA Sixth Man of the Year odds. Without Monk, second-year shooting guard Keon Ellis has had to step up, and he's impressed. Ellis is coming off a postseason debut against the Warriors in which he made three 3-pointers.

Over his last five games, Ellis is averaging 3.4 made 3-pointers per game and should be able to exploit a Pelicans defense that allows the seventh-most 3-pointers per game in the NBA (13.5). New Orleans' perimeter defense really struggles against two guards like Ellis, allowing the fourth-most 3-pointers to the position in the NBA (3.63).

The odds at DraftKings imply only a 42.37% probability Ellis hits three or more 3-pointers, but we're banking on him embracing the Buddy Hield lifestyle and turning a $10 bet into a $13.60 profit.

Best odds: +136 via DraftKings

Kings vs. Pelicans game info & odds

  • When: Friday, April 19
  • Tip-off: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La.
  • How to watch: TNT
  • Favorite: Kings -1.5 (-110 via bet365)

Kings-Pelicans player props made Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. ET.

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