At 8:00 ET, the Pelicans (-765) will host the Hornets (+532) in a non-conference matchup. The over/under line for this game is 229.5 points. Charlotte comes into this game on a five-game losing streak and is currently 13th in the Eastern Conference. On the other side, New Orleans is 6th in the West and favored by 12 points.

This game will be played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. BSNO will have the TV coverage for this game.


The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -12

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-104 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Brandon Ingram finishing with Brandon Ingram points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 14 threes.

Are the Hornets Ready for a Win at New Orleans?

The Hornets are 8-29 this season after losing five straight games. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 13th place and 4th in the Southeast Division.

As the underdog, Charlotte has gone 7-27 this season and are 13-22 against the spread. Their ATS losing streak is at three games, and they are 7-13 ATS on the road.

On the road, the Hornets are 4-16 this season, and they have an average scoring differential of -12.7 points per game. Today, they are getting 12 points against the Pelicans.

In their last game, the Hornets lost to the Heat by a score of 104-87. They were 8.5-point underdogs in that game and are 0-3 as the underdog vs. the spread.

Charlotte’s O/U record for the season is 18-19, and their games have averaged 228.4 points per game. The team’s last three games have all finished with fewer points than the O/U line.

So far this season, the Hornets have struggled to score, ranking 28th in the NBA at 108.3 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 27th at 45%. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 26th in the league at 35%.

One area where Charlotte has been successful is getting to the free-throw line. They are 14th in offensive rebounds and 27th in assists. In terms of pace, they are 20th at 98.2 possessions per game.

When looking at their scoring splits, the Hornets have actually been slightly better on the road, averaging 108.1 points compared to 108.6 at home. Overall, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 37.8% of their games.

On average, the Charlotte defense is giving up 120.1 points per game (25th). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. The Charlotte defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 50.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Charlotte.

Can the Pelicans Deliver Being Favored at Home?

In terms of their ATS record this season, the Pelicans have gone 23-18 overall and are 11-11 ATS when favored and 12-7 ATS as the favorite. Today, they are favored by 12 points.

The Pelicans’ O/U record for the season is 20-21, and their games have averaged 228.5 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 229.5.

New Orleans’ last game vs. the Mavericks had a combined scoring total of 245 points, surpassing the O/U line of 236.5. The Pelicans lost the game by a score of 125-120.

Looking at their Western Conference standings, the Pelicans are currently in 6th place with a record of 24-17. Against the West, they are 17-15 and 7-2 in non-conference games.

For the season, the Pelicans are 11-8 as the favorite and have been favored in 22 of their 41 games. As the favorite, they have a scoring margin of +7.2 points per game.

At home, the Pelicans are averaging 115.5 points per game, which is 18th in the NBA. Overall, they are 12th in scoring at 116.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Pelicans are 8th in the league at 48%. In terms of pace, they are 21st at 98.2 possessions per game.

So far, the Pelicans have outscored the NBA scoring average in 53.7% of their games. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 8th in the league at 38% but are just 25th in three-point makes per game. In terms of free throws, the Pelicans are 5th in attempts and 7th in makes.

When looking at their overall shooting, the Pelicans are 8th in true shooting percentage. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 15th in percentage and are 7th in attempts. In terms of offensive rebounds, the Pelicans are 12th in the league. Finally, they are 12th in assists at 26.8 per game.

Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans’ defense is giving up an average of 112.0 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Pelicans are causing 12.7 turnovers per game, ranking 12th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 21st in rejections, averaging 4.8 blocked shots each game.