Pelicans vs. Hornets Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Thursday, March 23, 2023

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Pelicans vs. Hornets Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 23, 2023

NBA Predictions

The New Orleans Pelicans (35-37) take the court as 9-point favorites against the Charlotte Hornets (23-50) on March 23, 2023. The game features a point total of 225.

Pelicans vs. Hornets Odds

  • Pelicans odds to win: -382
  • Hornets odds to win: +304
  • Spread: Pelicans (-9)
  • Total: 225

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Game Time and Information

  • When: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: BSNO and BSSE

Who Will Win Pelicans vs. Hornets?

Pelicans and Hornets Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

In games they have played as at least 9-point favorites this season, the Pelicans are 3-3 against the spread.

In games this season in which they were an underdog by 9 points or more, the Hornets have a 10-7-1 record against the spread.

The two teams average a combined 0.3 more points per game (225.3) than this matchup’s over/under of 225 points.

Opponents of the two teams average a combined 5.4 more points per game (230.4) than this game’s over/under of 225 points.

The average point total in Pelicans games this season is 2.0 more points than the total of 225 in this matchup.

The average point total for Charlotte this year is 3.7 points higher than this game’s over/under.

New Orleans has gone 33-38-1 ATS this season.

The Hornets are 31-39-3 ATS this season.

Pelicans Stats & Insights

The Pelicans have a +73 scoring differential, putting up 114.0 points per game (16th in the league) and giving up 113.0 (14th in the NBA).

The Pelicans are 13th in the NBA at 43.5 rebounds per game. That’s 1.3 more than the 42.2 their opponents average.

New Orleans hits 1.4 fewer threes per game than the opposition, 10.9 (23rd in the league) compared to its opponents’ 12.3.

The Pelicans’ 111.4 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 20th in the NBA, and the 110.3 points they allow per 100 possessions rank ninth in the league.

The Pelicans’ offense has been much better when playing at home (114.5 PPG) compared to their play on the road (113.5 PPG). Likewise, their defense has been much better at home (109.4 PPG allowed) when compared to road games (116.5 PPG allowed).

Hornets Stats & Insights

The Hornets have a -448 scoring differential, falling short by 6.1 points per game. They’re putting up 111.3 points per game, 27th in the league, and are giving up 117.4 per contest to rank 22nd in the NBA.

Charlotte falls short in the rebound battle by an average of 1.9 boards. It records 44.6 rebounds per game (eighth in league) compared to its opponents’ 46.5.

The Hornets connect on 10.6 three-pointers per game (27th in the league) at a 32.7% rate (29th in NBA), compared to the 12.3 per outing their opponents make, shooting 35.9% from beyond the arc.

The Hornets rank 26th in the league averaging 109.8 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively are 22nd, allowing 113.9 points per 100 possessions.

Charlotte is scoring fewer points at home (110.0 per game) than away (112.5).

Pelicans Key Players to Watch

The Pelicans active leader in points and assists this season is CJ McCollum, who puts up 21.0 points per game along with 5.9 assists.

Jonas Valanciunas’ averages this season are 14.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

McCollum leads active Pelicans in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 2.8 shots per game from beyond the arc.

Herbert Jones averages 1.6 steals per game, while Valanciunas has 0.6 blocks per contest.

Hornets Key Players to Watch

Terry Rozier’s performance this season has resulted in strong scoring and assists numbers, with 21.4 points per game and 5.1 assists per game to go with 4.1 rebounds per contest.

This season, Nick Richards has a statline of 7.9 points, 0.6 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Rozier makes 2.6 treys per game.

The Hornets’ defensive effort gets a lift from Dennis Smith Jr.’s 1.4 steals and P.J. Washington’s 1.1 blocks per game.

Pelicans vs. Hornets Prediction

  • Pick ATS: Pelicans (- 9)
  • Pick OU:

    Over (225)

  • Prediction:
    Pelicans 118 – Hornets 109

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