Kings vs Pelicans NBA Play-In Preview (4/19/24): Odds, Lineup, Injuries & Stats

Written By Editorial Team on April 18, 2024
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The Sacramento Kings are set to play against the New Orleans Pelicans in an NBA Play-In Tournament game at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The game will take place at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and will be broadcast on TNT. NBA odds favor the Kings slightly with a -1.5-point spread. Kings odds are set at -115 to -125, while Pelicans odds are at +105. This Western Conference matchup promises to be a closely contested game. The winner will become the No. 8 seed and face the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA playoffs.

Kings vs. Pelicans pregame odds for NBA play-in game on Friday

The upcoming NBA Play-In game between the Kings and the Pelicans is expected to be closely contested, as reflected in the NBA betting odds from various sportsbooks. DraftKings and FanDuel, among others, have provided lines that are crucial for bettors focusing on the point spread and over/under totals. The Kings odds and Pelicans odds indicate a tight matchup, with slight variations across different Ohio online sportsbooks, making it an interesting game for NBA betting aficionados.

  • Bet365: Kings -1.5, over/under 212.5
  • BetMGM: Kings -1.5, over/under 212.5
  • Caesars: Kings -1.5, over/under 212
  • BetRivers: Kings -1, over/under 213

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Kings vs Pelicans.

Kings vs Pelicans projected starting lineups for Friday

Sacramento Kings projected starting lineup for Friday night

  • PG: De’Aaron Fox
  • SG: Keon Ellis
  • SF: Harrison Barnes
  • PF: Keegan Murray
  • C: Domantas Sabonis

New Orleans Pelicans projected starting lineup for Friday night

  • PG: CJ McCollum
  • SG: Herbert Jones
  • SF: Brandon Ingram
  • PF: Larry Nance Jr.
  • C: Jonas Valanciunas

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from Sportsdata.

Kings vs Pelicans injuries for the play-in game

The Kings will be without Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter for Friday’s play-in game. Monk, a key shooting guard, is sidelined with a knee injury since March 29. Huerter, another significant shooting guard, has been out due to a shoulder injury since March 19, further challenging the Kings’ depth.

On the Pelicans’ side, Zion Williamson, a pivotal power forward, is out with a hamstring injury since suffered in the loss to Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, affecting the Pelicans odds for Friday’s game.

Team standings & stats for Friday’s game

The final game in the NBA Play-In tournament will determine the final team to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference. The winner of Friday’s game will face the Oklahoma City Thunder as the No. 8 seed. This will be the sixth time the Kings and Pelicans play, with New Orleans winning all five previous games this season.

Sacramento Kings team stats & standings

The Sacramento Kings, with a record of 46-36, are currently positioned 9th in the Western Conference and 4th in the Pacific Division. Their recent game against the Golden State Warriors was for the right to advance in the play-in tournament. Sacramento got the 118-94 victory. Key season stats include:

  • Points per game: 116.6
  • Points allowed per game: 114.8
  • FG%: 47.7
  • 3PT%: 36.6
  • Assists per game: 28.3
  • Rebounds per game: 44.0

New Orleans Pelicans team stats & standings

The New Orleans Pelicans stand at 49-33, ranking 8th in the Western Conference and 2nd in the Southwest Division. Their 110-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday is why the Pelicans are playing the Kings on Friday night. Season performance metrics include:

  • Points per game: 115.1
  • Points allowed per game: 110.7
  • FG%: 48.6
  • 3PT%: 38.3
  • Assists per game: 27.0
  • Rebounds per game: 44.0

Player stats for Kings vs. Pelicans on April 19

As the Kings and Pelicans prepare for their play-in game, NBA odds suggest a closely contested matchup. The Kings’ recent performance showcases a balanced attack, while the Pelicans’ roster presents a formidable challenge, even without Zion Williamson. Both teams have players capable of making a significant impact, influencing the odds for this game.

Kings leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Kings displayed a strong offensive game in their last outing against the Warriors, with Keegan Murray leading the scoring. De’Aaron Fox also contributed significantly, showcasing his all-around game.

  • Keegan Murray (PF): 32 PTS, 9 RBS, 0 ASTS
  • De’Aaron Fox (PG): 24 PTS, 4 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Harrison Barnes (SF): 17 PTS, 4 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Domantas Sabonis (C): 16 PTS, 12 RBS, 7 ASTS
  • Keon Ellis (SG): 15 PTS, 4 RBS, 5 ASTS

Season leaders for the Kings:

  • De’Aaron Fox: 26.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.6 APG
  • Domantas Sabonis: 19.4 PPG, 13.7 RPG, 8.2 APG
  • Keegan Murray: 15.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.7 APG
  • Malik Monk: 15.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Harrison Barnes: 12.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 1.2 APG

Pelicans leaders ahead of tonight’s game

The Pelicans are coming off a disappointing outcome, with Zion Williamson leading the charge for New Orleans. With Williamson out on Friday, the Pelicans will need to replace his scoring to have a chance at the upset on Friday night.

  • Zion Williamson (PF): 40 PTS, 11 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Trey Murphy (SG): 12 PTS, 4 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Brandon Ingram (SF): 11 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Herbert Jones (SF): 10 PTS, 0 RBS, 0 ASTS
  • Larry Nance Jr. (PF): 10 PTS, 12 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Jose Alvarado (PG): 10 PTS, 2 RBS, 7 ASTS

Season leaders for the Pelicans:

  • Zion Williamson (PF): 22.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 5.0 APG
  • Brandon Ingram (SF): 20.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.7 APG
  • CJ McCollum (SG): 20.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.6 APG
  • Jonas Valanciunas (C): 12.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.1 APG
  • Herbert Jones (SF): 11.0 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.6 APG
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