The Charlotte Hornets (8-29) travel to face off against the New Orleans Pelicans (24-17) on Wednesday, January 17th. This game will be played at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans and televised on BSNO. Both the Hornets and Pelicans will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Hornets vs Pelicans
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Hornets fell to the Heat by a score of 104-87. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Hornets couldn’t cover as +8.5 point underdogs. Considering the over/under, the total of 191 points fell short of the set over/under line of 225.5.
Heading into today’s game, the Hornets are 8-29 overall and will need to play their best if they want to come away with a win. Currently, the team is in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 4th place in the Southeast division.
Charlotte possesses an ATS record of 13-22 for this season, including their ongoing three game losing streak against the spread. As the favorite this season, Charlotte is 0-3 vs. the spread while going 13-19 as the underdog.
The Pelicans Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Zion Williamson led New Orleans with 30 points against the Mavericks, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 50.6% in the game. CJ McCollum added 23 points, but unfortunately, New Orleans was defeated in the game with a score of 125-120.
In their last ten games, the Pelicans are 7-3 and have an overall record of 24-17 as they prepare to take on the Hornets. When playing on the road, the Pelicans are 12-9 compared to 12-8 at home this season.
New Orleans has an overall ATS record of 23-18 as they come into today’s game. As the favorite this season, New Orleans is 11-11 vs. the spread while going 12-7 as the underdog.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
Through 37 games games, Charlotte is averaging 108.3 points per game (28th).
So far this season, the Hornets have struggled to score, averaging just 108.3 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 26th in the league at 35%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Hornets are last in the NBA in both attempts and makes at 19.2 and 15.2 respectively.
On the road, the Hornets are averaging 108.1 points per game, which is 29th in the league. In their last three games, they have scored below their season average.
Pelicans Offense Breakdown
The Pelicans step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 116.5 points per game (12th).
At home this season, the Pelicans are 18th in the NBA in scoring at 115.5 points per game. Overall, they are 12th in the league at 116.5 points per game. In terms of pace, New Orleans is 21st at 98.2 possessions per game.
So far, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 53.7% of their games this season. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 8th in the league at 48%. From beyond the arc, New Orleans is 8th in three-point shooting at 38%.
When it comes to free throws, the Pelicans are 7th in made free throws per game at 19.5. In terms of assists, they are 12th in the league at 26.8 per game. So far, the Pelicans have made more two-point field goals than any team in the NBA.
Hornets Team Defense
Currently, the Hornets’ defense holds the 25th rank in the NBA, allowing 120.1 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Hornets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.5% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 39.5% from downtown.
Pelicans Team Defense
So far, the Pelicans’ defense is ranked 11th in the league at 112.0 points per contest. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pelicans squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.6% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 34.1% from downtown.
Key Players For The Hornets And Pelicans
The outlook for today’s matchup points to LaMelo Ball as the primary point contributor for the Hornets, finishing with 23 points while maintaining a 8/20 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 24.6 points per game, in addition to 5.6 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Brandon Ingram to be the top scorer for the Pelicans. Our projection has him finishing the game with 23, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 49.1% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 21.4 points per game.
Hornets vs Pelicans Trends
- Although Charlotte has a straight up record of 1-4 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-4. The team averaged 96 points per game in these games.
- Across their three previous home games, New Orleans has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 117 points per game.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 1-9 and an ATS mark of 3-6-1.
- The Pelicans have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
We’re putting our money on the Pelicans to win, and have the projected score sitting at 117-104. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Pelicans at -12.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 229.5, and our model projects the Hornets and Pelicans to reach a combined total of 221 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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