The game is critical for both team's chances of making the playoffs. The New Orleans Pelicans, who have a 4-7 record on the season, have underwhelmed despite having a talented roster. The Sacramento Kings, on the other hand, have had a 5-8 start to their campaign.
Fixture: New Orleans Pelicans vs Sacramento Kings.
Date and Time: Sunday 17th January 2021, 9 PM ET (Monday, 18th Jan, 7:30 AM IST).
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California.
New Orleans Pelicans Preview
The New Orleans Pelicans have been underwhelming this season, losing their last five games.
However, the New Orleans Pelicans have a great opportunity to get back on the winning track, as they take on a out-of-form Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy will expect his forwards Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson to have a big game against the defensively frail Sacramento Kings.
Key Player - Brandon Ingram
Brandon Ingram's performances have been the only positive aspect about the New Orleans Pelicans' season so far. The player has seemingly continued from where he left off last season and is likely yo make the All-Star team this year too.
Ingram has averaged 23.5 points, seven rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. He will need to continue this form against the Sacramento Kings if the New Orleans Pelicans wish to emerge triumphant in this game.
New Orleans Pelicans Predicted Lineup
G- Eric Bledsoe, G- Josh Hart, F- Brandon Ingram, F- Zion Williamson, C- Steven Adams.
Sacramento Kings Preview
The Sacramento Kings have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league this campaign, as they have leaked 123.2 points per game, which is the third worst among all teams.
Unsurprisingly, they are in the bottom half of the Western conference after a rather horrendous start to their season. However, the Sacramento Kings will have a great opportunity to turn the tide, as they take on a struggling New Orleans Pelicans.
Key Player - De'Aaron Fox
The mercurial guard has been the only silver lining in a dismal Sacramento Kings season so far, as he has managed to average 18 points and five assists per game. De'Aaron Fox also come in clutch for the Sacramento Kings, most recently against the Indiana Pacers and is likely to be the team's trump card against the New Orleans Pelicans too.
Sacramento Kings Predicted Lineup
G- De'Aaron Fox, G- Buddy Hield, F- Harrison Barnes, F- Marvin Bagley III, C- Richaun Holmes.
Pelicans vs Kings Match Prediction
This game could be a close one, considering both the teams' defensive frailties. However, with the New Orleans Pelicans being on a 5-game losing streak, the Kings will fancy their chances of a win.
Where to watch Trail Blazers vs Kings
The local coverage of the New Orleans Pelicans-Sacramento Kings game will be available on NBC Sports California and FSN Network. Fans can also live-stream the game via the NBA League Pass.