January 30, 2018, 4:45 pm
Rolling into New Orleans, the Kings (15-34) have more than likely changed their game plan for the Pelicans (27-22) in the last few days. This is because the Pelicans are without center DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the year.
The Kings’ former centerpiece was averaging 39.5 points and 17.0 rebounds this season against the team that drafted him in 2010, but Cousins ruptured his Achilles against the Rockets last week.
The Kings on the other hand, are coming into the game with a bit of uncertainty on who will be in the lineup. In their last contest against the Spurs, the Kings were without two of their big men (Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein), two guards (Frank Mason, Garrett Temple) and forward Malachi Richardson.
Prior to falling to the Spurs in San Antonio, Sacramento had won two straight games. They’re currently 2-3 on their season-long six-game road trip and have a chance to head home after a respectable 3-3 record if they can pull off a win against the Pelicans.
But to do that the Kings will have to slow down Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday for starters. Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds in the team’s last loss and Holiday added 20 points, nine rebounds and seven dimes in the same contest.
The Pelicans, who are currently sixth in the Western Conference, are one of the highest scoring teams in the league at 110.9 points per game but they also allow their opponents to score 110.7 per game. So far this season, the Kings and Pelicans have split a pair of high-scoring contests with Sacramento getting the better of New Orleans the last time the teams met.
In that game, Zach Randolph had 35 points to counter Cousins’ 38 points. The Kings also limited Davis to just 18 points on 5-of-12 shooting. The Kings’ bench outscored the Pelicans’ 53-to-16 in that victory as well. Sacramento not only out-made the Pelicans from beyond the arc in that win (SAC 13, NO 10), but surprisingly out-rebounded the Pelicans and their Twin Towers in that game 46-to-35 and will look to make that a point of emphasis on Tuesday.
The Pelicans, who are 4-1 in their last five games, are wrapping up a three-game home stand before going on the road for two games and will obviously be looking to hit the road with a win under their belt.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – JaKarr Sampson
C – Zach Randolph
De’Aaron Fox (calf) – PROBABLE
Garrett Temple (ankle) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
Willie Cauley-Stein (knee) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT
Malachi Richardson (ankle) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 5:00 p.m. PST (8:00 p.m ET)
Where: NBCS California