The game of the night on Tuesday is the New Orleans Pelicans– Sacramento Kings game. The game will be on NBA TV at 10:00 pm.
After failing to close out against Memphis the Kings bounced back and beat the Spurs. They have two more home games before going on a four game road trip.
Rudy Gay has played so well with the Kings they signed him to a three year extension. He currently leads the Kings in scoring over DeMarcus Cousins by 0.1 ppg. Darren Collison has been solid for them and he even outplayed Tony Parker on Saturday night.
The Kings do a great job of rebounding (4th in the league) and getting to the free throw line (1st in attempts). They take about 35 free throws a game and hit on 81% of them which is great considering they are not a great shooting team. In their win against the Spurs they failed to knock down a three pointer.
The Pelicans are coming off a tough road lost at Portland. They were in control in the second half but were outscored 34-13 in the fourth quarter. It’s tough trying to win on the second night of a back to back.
Omer Asik missed the game last night and might not be available tonight. He will be missed because he rebounds and can play tough against DeMarcus Cousins.
Jrue Holiday needs to have a good performance if the Pelicans are going to win the game. Holiday plays much worst in their road games. His scoring drops from 17 points to 13 points and his shooting drops from 52% to 39%. Last night he shot 5-19, including 0-8 in the fourth quarter.
With Asik out the Pelicans will start Alexis Ajinca to match up against Cousins. Anthony Davis will guard him at times. Davis does a good job of defending without fouling. Cousins on the other hand averages about five fouls per game.
This game will be won on the perimeter. Whichever team has better guard play or is able to knock down outside shots will win the game. Rudy Gay will have to take advantage of his matchup with Tyreke Evans while Darren Collison has to do his best to slow down Jrue Holiday.
Ryan Anderson is the X-factor once again for the Pelicans. He’s ninth in three pointers made and shoots 43%. Ben McLemore is the X-factor for the Kings. Before the game against the Spurs; McLemore has scored 10 or more points in five straight games including 15 or more in four of those games.