Charlotte Hornets (29-38) at New Orleans Pelicans (38-28)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center.
The Charlotte Hornets need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 106.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.7 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16.1 points and 12.1 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost six of their last eight road games.
The New Orleans Pelicans look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 112 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 28 points and 11.1 rebounds while Jrue Holiday is averaging 19.2 points and 5.8 assists. Nikola Mirotic is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last six home games.
The Hornets are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Southeast and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Hornets are 2-11 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New Orleans, 7-19-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the home team is 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
I say over and over that the Charlotte Hornets aren't a good basketball team and for whatever reason, they continue to get these low lines and respect from oddmakers. The Hornets are a flat out awful team on the road this season and have dropped six of their last eight. The New Orleans Pelicans have lost two straight, but one of those games was without AD, and they're still one of the hotter teams in the league and have found their groove offensively. I'm not sure how you don't lay the small line here, as the Pelicans should have little trouble.