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(25-21) New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets (19-26)
Date: Wednesday January 24th
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hornets -130
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -2
NBA Betting Total: 222
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The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to keep winning games, as they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets are struggling right now, and have denied rumors they are shopping star player, Kemba Walker.
The Pelicans have won five of their last six. Charlotte has won three of four, with their last win coming against the Kings, 112-107.
The last time the Pelicans and Hornets took the court against each other, was last season. The teams played twice, with both games going into overtime. The Pelicans swept the series, 2-0.
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans have two All Star starters on their squad in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. I’ve said time after time, these two guys are the best big men in the NBA right now. It’s not even close.
The way the two play off each other in the paint, reminds me of a throwback Robinson/Duncan frontcourt.
Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game this season. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game for the Pelicans this year. Cousins exploded in the Pelicans most recent game against the Bulls.
He finished with 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, in the 132-128 double overtime win. Cousins historic performance was one of the best this season. Anthony Davis also played well.
He had 34 points had nine rebounds. Look for a big game from them both in this matchup.
On the defensive side of the court, the Pelicans aren’t good. The team is allowing 110.9 points per game this year. That ranks the Pelicans 29th in points allowed this season.
If New Orleans can’t turn things around on defense, they will not make the playoffs.
Despite winning their last game against the Bulls, the Pelicans allowed 128 points at home. Not a good sign. Especially against the below average Bulls offense.
The Charlotte Hornets don’t know if they want to tank, make a playoff push or make a move at the trade deadline. Either why it goes, the Hornets management is responsible for the mess the team is in right now.
Overloaded contracts to below average players, is not the players fault. Recently there were talks the team is shopping Kemba Walker.
Owner, Michael Jordan confirmed Walker is available only if another All-Star type player is involved in a trade. Walker is the teams best player, and still has two years left on his contract.
In my opinion, this is an indication the team has no faith in their current roster. Walker is the heart of the Hornet franchise, and is still due 44 million.
Aside from all the grumblings around the organization, Charlotte won their last game, beating the Kings by five points. Kemba Walker had 26 points on a terrible 6 of 20 from the field.
The Hornets are allowing 105.8 points per game this season. Good enough for 16th in the NBA this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in NO last 8 road games.
- Over is 11-4 in NO last 15 games as an underdog.
- Over is 19-7 in NO last 26 overall.
- CHA are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games.
- Over is 7-3 in CHA last 10 Wed. games.
- Home team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings
Free New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
New Orleans has the fire power of the best big’s in the NBA, but lack strong guard play which is why they are struggling to keep a playoff spot in the West. Look for Cousins ans Davis to have big games.
Kemba Walker has not been right since his name has been brought up in trade rumors. Look for Dwight Howard to have his hands full in the painted area against the Pelicans frontcourt.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets -2
The Hornets won’t be able to contain the Pelicans. Take New Orleans on the road for the close win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pelicans 115 – Hornets 108
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