Free NBA Pick: Hornets vs Pelicans Lines
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(7-3) Charlotte Hornets vs. New Orleans Pelicans (2-10)
Date: Saturday November 19
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Charlotte -5
NBA Betting Total: 205
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The Charlotte Hornets got back on the winning track after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves in their last game (final score 115-108,) while out West the New Orleans Hornets are coming off their fifth loss in seven games after losing to the Orlando Magic 89-82.
The Charlotte Hornets sit third in the Eastern Conference standings after coming away victorious in their last outing against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota kept the game close, but Charlotte ran away with it in the end as they thoroughly outplayed Minnesota in the second half.
Their hot shooting (shot 53.8% from the field) propelled them to victory, as the Timberwolves just had no answer to stopping Kemba Walker and Frank Kaminsky.
Kemba scored 30 points while shooting a red hot 12-19 from the field (57.1%). And Frank Kaminsky went off for 20 points off the Charlotte bench, while shooting 3-7 from behind the arc (42.9%.)
Frank Kaminsky’s excellent play really helped boost Charlotte’s second unit, and that was a key contributor in why the Hornets came away with the win.
Now this game they’re going to need that similar production off their bench, if they’re to win this game.
New Orleans is going to keep the game close with their starting unit, but a weak bench is what the Hornets must capitalize on. The Pelicans bench has been one of the worst in the league this season, so Charlotte’s bench unit has got to step up in order to come out with the win.
They’ve shown themselves to be a nice second unit, but consistency has still been an issue. That cannot happen this game.
Marco Belinelli and Frank Kaminsky have got to have play outplay the Pelicans reserves if they’re to come out victorious.
New Orleans Pelicans
Scoring continues to be the Pelicans kryptonite, as nobody else can seem to score besides Anthony Davis.
The New Orleans Pelicans are coming off a tough loss to the Orlando Magic in their last game. New Orleans did a great job of competing for through four quarters of play, but they just couldn’t get a rhythm going on the offensive end of the floor.
A lot of that had to due with Anthony Davis being out for the game, but that still doesn’t excuse the rest of the team from producing at a high level.
Terrence Jones was the lone bright spot all game, scoring 26 points on the night, but nobody else could get it going, and it came back to hurt the team in the end.
Scoring just continues to be the Pelicans kryptonite, as nobody else can seem to score besides Anthony Davis. The Pelicans star is averaging 30.5 points per game. But he’s the lone scorer the Pelicans have got, and teams just choose to double him forcing others to score.
So far the teams have proven to be right, as nobody else can seem to score. But that should change now that star point guard Jrue Holiday is supposed to be back for their next game.
Jrue is New Orleans second scoring option behind Anthony Davis, but he’s been sidelined all season due to person issues. But now that he’s back the teams got another option to go to alongside A.D.
That means this game wont be an easy one for Charlotte, as the Pelicans will come out full throttle looking to win. They’ve got a nice matchup going for them, as Kemba Walker is going to be tasked with guarding Jrue Holiday.
So Jrue should get going this game, because Kemba Walker is just to undersized to guard him.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southwest
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest
- Pelicans are 0-9 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games
- Pelicans are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Charlotte Hornets are the favorites to win this matchup, and they seem to be the best bet to come out on top. Nobody knows how New Orleans is going to play with Jrue Holiday back, so that leaves a huge question mark on the Pelicans side.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: -5
Charlotte looks to be the stronger team, so look for them to come out with the win. Now that doesn’t mean New Orleans wont keep this game close, as it’s likely going to be a tight game from start to finish.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 108 – Pelicans 102
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