New Orleans Pelicans (11-12) at Charlotte Hornets (11-11)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -3 -- Over/Under: 235 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Charlotte Hornets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Sunday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in a slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Heat in a 106-101 road loss on Friday. Anthony Davis led the team with 41 points on 15 of 23 shooting, Jrue Holiday added 21 points with eight assists while Nikola Mirotic chipped in with 15 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 42 percent from the field and a miserable six of 28 from the 3-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after getting outscored by 37-17 in a disastrous in the first quarter. With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 11-12 overall and just 2-10 on the road where they have now lost five in a row.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in decent form with four wins in their last six outings but they will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak snapped by the Jazz in a 119-111 home loss on Friday. Jeremy Lamb led the team in scoring with 24 points, Kemba Walker added 21 points with four assists while Tony Parker chipped in with 20 points and nine assists off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot 49 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the 3-point line but it wasn’t good enough to hang with the Jazz who shot a healthy 54 percent from the field while knocking down a total of 18 3-pointers. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 11-11 overall and 8-4 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the over is 7-1 in the last eight meetings, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and the Pelicans are 19-8-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
The Pelicans looked like they had gotten out of their slump with that blowout win over the Wizards, but their disappointing showing against the struggling Heat brought them back to Earth. The Hornets haven’t exactly been world beaters but they’ve been winning, especially at home where they have covered in four of their last five games. You get the feeling that the Pelicans are overdue for a big win, but I don’t see it happening here so I’m sticking with the Hornets to stay hot at home.