clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Kings vs. Pelicans Preview: There can only be one (dominant big man in the NBA)!

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The season is winding down and the Kings are entering their final multi-game homestand, starting tonight with a visit from the New Orleans Pelicans. Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 pm Pacific on CSN California and KHTK Sports 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1. Ryan Anderson is back, which adds a whole other dimension for the Pelicans.  Anderson helps spread the floor for them and the Kings have had a lot of trouble guarding him in the past.  They also aren't particularly good at covering the three point line in general.  The Kings also don't have Rudy Gay, who did a pretty good job on Davis last Friday on both ends of the court.

2. One of the big reasons for Friday's loss to the Pelicans was Tyreke Evans.  Evans was phenomenal in that game, making a ton of shots from outside.  He was too big and strong for Ray McCallum and the usual strategy of sagging off of him wasn't working thanks to his shooting.  That should still be the game plan though.  One game doesn't make 'Reke a shooting savant.

3. Cousins absolutely had his way with Omer Asik in the Kings last matchup.  The Kings should once again look to get Cousins going early and often, especially since coach Monty Williams likes to put Ryan Anderson on him at times.  Getting Asik & Anderson in foul trouble would be a huge boon.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Tyreke Evans vs. Ray McCallum

As mentioned above, this went poorly last time.  McCallum wasn't able to get any offense going and Evans ran roughshod over the Kings defense.  Ray will need to be more aggressive on the other end of the floor while continuing to force Evans to shoot jumpers. If he makes them, great, tip your cap.  It's better than letting him get to the rim for a guaranteed two points or easy drop-off pass or kickout to an open three point shooter.

PREGAME LIMERICK

There once was a Pelican with one eyebrow,
and never to shave it off he did vow.
He went on a rampage
had every advantage,
but not even he can make a King bow.

PREDICTION

Kings 134, Pelicans 99 after DeMarcus Cousins decides that a 20-20-10 game wasn't cool enough and decides to go for a 30-30-20 game.