The city of New Orleans, Louisiana recently took center stage for All-Star Weekend, but the Pelicans franchise stole the show by making the biggest trade the league has seen in quite some time by acquiring superstar big man DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings.
The addition of Cousins rocked the NBA futures market, as the Pels’ championship odds dropped from +50000 to +8000 immediately after the deal was announced. Pairing him with Anthony Davis, who’s already one of the best players in the Association at the age of 23, the Pelicans now boast the most dynamic frontcourt in the league.
To prepare for the stretch run of the campaign, Bovada has released a series of Cousins-related props as well as odds on how the Kings will fare in his absence. Here’s a breakdown on each of them:
Boogie and the Pelicans: a match made in heaven?
The shop has set the OVER/UNDER on Pelicans wins at 37.5, which means the 23-34 Pels would have to win 15 of their remaining 25 contests to cash the OVER. It’s going to take some time for Cousins to mesh with his new teammates, but I think at least 38 wins is an achievable feat.
As for individual stats, Cousins’ O/U points per game has been set at 24, with his projected rebounds per game tabbed at 10. In 55 games with the Kings, the Kentucky product averaged 27.8 PPG and 10.6 RPG.
Sacramento had many failures in the Cousins era but was never able to surround him with players who could come close to matching his talent. While the Pelicans are shallow on the wings, the presence of Davis alone will very likely cause Cousins to post the best stats of his career. I’m leaning toward the OVER on both of these props.
The Kings are going full Kings – you never go full Kings
Simply put, I’m not sure what the Kings were thinking here. In return for Cousins, one of the best players the Kings have ever had, Sacramento received rookie guard Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first- and second-round picks. That’s a pitiful haul for a player of Cousins’ caliber, but it’s not surprising when you consider all of the boneheaded decisions this organization has made over the years.
Hield is in the midst of an underwhelming debut season that’s seen him average 8.6 points and 1.4 assists in 20.4 minutes while shooting 39 percent from the field and 37 percent from downtown. The O/U on points per game for the Bohemian in Sactown has been set at 10.5, which seems reasonable considering he’ll have a ton of opportunity to run with the starter’s role in a depleted backcourt.
As for the 32.5 total wins for the Kings, I’m backing the UNDER all day. Sacramento currently boasts a 24-33 record while occupying the ninth spot in the Western Conference, but I’m expecting the losses to pile up early and often from here on out. There simply isn’t enough talent to produce wins on a regular basis without Cousins in the fold, and the 23-year-old Hield is not going to make that much of a difference in the win column.
Regular season wins for the Pelicans in 2016-17
- OVER 37.5 -120
- UNDER 37.5 -120
Regular season wins for the Kings in 2016-17
- OVER 32.5 +110
- UNDER 32.5 -150
Average points per game for DeMarcus Cousins with the Pelicans
- OVER 24 -120
- UNDER 24 -120
Average rebounds per game for DeMarcus Cousins with the Pelicans
- OVER 10 -120
- UNDER 10 -120
Average points per game for Buddy Hield with the Kings
- OVER 10.5 -130
- UNDER 10.5 -110