New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets Betting Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans (11-12) visit Spectrum Center to square off against the Charlotte Hornets (11-11). The Pelicans are 2.5-point underdogs and will attempt to end a five-game road losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 235 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports Carolina at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets Betting Odds

Both teams lost as favorites in their last game. The Pelicans (3-point favorites) were defeated by the Miami Heat, 106-101, while the Hornets (2-point favorites) fell to the Utah Jazz, 119-111. The New Orleans game finished 21 points under the projected point total of 228, while the Charlotte game finished 12 points over the projected point total of 218.

New Orleans did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (25-29; 86.2 percent) while Charlotte had a much better turnover percentage (7.4 vs. 13.6). Marvin Williams played a pivotal role for Charlotte with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Davis, meanwhile had a good game for New Orleans, finishing with 41 points and nine rebounds.

The Pelicans dominated this series last year, securing victories in both games. In the most recent matchup, New Orleans won 119-115. New Orleans’ rebounding was their biggest strength. The Pelicans had more offensive rebounds (14 vs. eight) and total rebounds (50 vs. 45). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

Of the Pelicans’ 23 games, 13 have gone over the O/U total. New Orleans heads into the game with records of 11-12 straight up (SU) and 10-13 against the spread (ATS).

Vegas has been spot on when predicting totals of Hornets games, with an even split between overs and unders. Further, Charlotte is 11-11 SU and 14-8 ATS.

Jeremy Lamb has taken his game to another level as of late for Charlotte, averaging 19 points,6.6 rebounds,1.4 steals over the last five games.

Charlotte should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Charlotte ranks first in the NBA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 11.5 percent), while New Orleans forces the sixth-fewest turnovers (12.5 percent).

Pelicans vs. Hornets ATS Pick

NBA Tip: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • The Hornets rank 5 in points off turnovers per game (19.272727272727273) while the Pelicans rank 17 (16.82608695652174).
  • Charlotte ranks fifth in steals allowed per game (7.0) while New Orleans ranks 26th (9.2).
  • The Pelicans rank first in second chance points per game (17.4) while the Hornets rank 17th in second chance points allowed per game (13.7).
  • New Orleans ranks fifth in assists per game (26.5) while Charlotte ranks 21st in assists allowed per game (24.6).
  • Charlotte averages 33.68181818181818 three pointers per game, which ranks 8 in the NBA. New Orleans ranks 22 in three pointers allowed per game (33.04347826086956).
  • The Pelicans average 5.8 blocks per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Hornets rank 28th in blocks allowed per game (6.6).
  • The Pelicans rank 1 in points in the paint per game (57.73913043478261) while the Hornets rank 16 in points allowed in the paint per game (48.72727272727273).
  • Charlotte ranks 19 in fast break points per game (11.954545454545455) while New Orleans ranks 24 in fast break points allowed per game (15.304347826086957).
  • New Orleans ranks third in rebounds per game (48.5) while Charlotte ranks 20th in rebounds allowed per game (45.8).
  • In games where they hold opponents under 100 points, New Orleans is 2-0 and Charlotte is 3-0.
  • The Pelicans are 11-11 when they reach 100 points, while the Hornets are 11-10.
  • Charlotte is 8-4 ATS at home, while New Orleans is 4-8 ATS on the road.
  • The total has gone over in 7 of the Hornets’ 12 home games, while 7 of the Pelicans’ 12 road games have gone over.

Bettings Trends:

  • In their last five games, New Orleans and Charlotte have both had 3 unders and 2 overs.
  • The Hornets are 3-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Pelicans are 1-4.
  • During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 111.2 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 110.6 points per game (0.2 above their season average).
  • The Pelicans have been outscored by an average of 3.2 points in their last five games. On the season, New Orleans has defeated opponents by an average of 1.3 points.