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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings Predictions and Preview for 4/5/2022

New Orleans Pelicans takes on Sacramento Kings on 4/5/2022 at 09:00 PM.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings face off in an important game for both teams. New Orleans Pelicans has a record of 34-44 this regular season. Sacramento Kings is 29-50 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Defense Preview


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You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.6, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Offense Preview




Their offensive efficiency is 111.5, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .556 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .517, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .365 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .332 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .789 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They rebounded 26.5% of their missed shots. This is an above average offensive rebounding team.

Sacramento Kings Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 115.2, there is a lot of work to do here. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. The defensive lapses yielding dunks, layups, and tip-ins are prevalent.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Sacramento Kings Team Offense Preview


Their offensive efficiency is 109.9, which makes them a below average offense in the NBA and that means there is room for improvement, but will they actually improve? Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .560 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .523, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .378 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .343 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .769 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.7% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The New Orleans Pelicans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans Pelicans

Herbert Jones 6-8 210 PF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jonas Valančiūnas 6-11 265 C

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Devonte’ Graham 6-1 195 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Sacramento Kings Roster

The Players to Watch for Sacramento Kings

Harrison Barnes 6-8 225 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

De’Aaron Fox 6-3 185 PG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Davion Mitchell 6-2 205 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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