Pelicans welcome the Kings for a play-in game

The Sacramento Kings (46-36) will face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (49-33) in a crucial matchup that will determine the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The game, slated for Friday at 9:30 p.m. EDT, is part of the NBA Play-In Tournament, adding an extra level of intensity and competitiveness to the matchup.

The Kings come into the game with a record of 30-22 against Western Conference opponents, showcasing their ability to compete against some of the best teams in the league. Led by scoring machine De’Aaron Fox, who is averaging 26.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in his last 10 games, the Kings have shown their offensive prowess by averaging 116.6 points per game while shooting 47.7% from the field.

On the other side, the Pelicans have been strong in Western Conference games as well, boasting a 30-22 record. Brandon Ingram has been a standout performer for New Orleans, averaging 20.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. With Jonas Valanciunas leading the team in rebounding with 8.8 boards per game, the Pelicans have shown their ability to dominate the glass.

In terms of recent performance, the Pelicans have a record of 5-5 in their last 10 games, while the Kings are 4-6. Both teams have been putting up solid numbers on both ends of the floor, with the Pelicans averaging 115.1 points per game and the Kings giving up 114.8 points on average.

In terms of injuries, the Pelicans will be without Zion Williamson due to a hamstring injury, while the Kings will be missing Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter.

Overall, this matchup promises to be a thrilling and high-stakes game, with both teams vying for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The winner will secure the eighth seed and a chance to compete against the top teams in the conference. The stage is set for an exciting clash between the Kings and the Pelicans, and basketball fans can expect a competitive and intense game on Friday night.

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