In this battle between two teams with opposite goals for the season, the playoff bound New Orleans Pelicans (38-28), who have two straight defeats and want to bounce back, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (29-38), who need a miracle in order to reach the 8th place of the East and to do so they need to continue on the winning ways. Charlotte Hornets vs New Orleans Pelicans Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-13-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: New Orleans Pelicans -5
Pelicans have a 38-28 record (35-30-1 against the spread) so far this season. The Big Easy club currently rest as the 5th place team in the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Jazz with a 99-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 28.1 ppg. The All Star center adds 11.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by DeMarcus Cousins with 25.2 ppg, 5.2 assists and a team high 12.9 rebounds per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Hornets have a 29-38 record (27-36-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 10th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a five-game losing streak by winning at home against the Suns with a 122-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.9 ppg, adding a team high 5.7 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 15.9 ppg and a team high 12.1 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 13.3 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, The Pelicans won on the road with a 96-101 score. Pelicans are 17-14 at home so far this season, while Hornets are 10-21 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Hornets’ 106.8, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 107.4 ppg to Pelicans’ 111.7. New Orleans has a better field goal percentage, shooting with 48.26% to Hornets’ 44.64%, while Hornets have a slightly better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.74% to Pelicans’ 36.34%. Pelicans are second-best in assists made, with 26.6 to Hornets’ 21.4, while Hornets are better in rebounding, grabbing 44.9 to Pelicans’ 43.8. Pelicans are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Charlotte Hornets vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans -5 (-112)
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