Charlotte Hornets at New Orleans Pelicans
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, LA
The Line: New Orleans +2.5
The Charlotte Hornets travel to the Smoothie King Center to battle the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a rut as they’ve lost nine of their last 15 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling short against the Jazz in a 111-102 road loss on Monday. Kemba Walker led the team with 47 points on 15 of 28 shooting from the field, Jeremy Lamb added 23 points on nine of 16 shooting off the bench while Willie Hernangomez chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds. As a team, the Hornets shot just 40 percent from the field and seven of 30 from the 3-point line, but not even 22 points from Walker in the fourth quarter was enough to challenge the Jazz who led by 13 points at halftime. With the tough loss, Charlotte fell to 35-42 on the season and 11-27 on the road.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been struggling for a while now as they’ve lost 10 of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to avoid another blowout after getting routed by the Lakers in a 130-102 home loss on Sunday. Julius Randle led the team with 17 points on five of eight shooting, Jahlil Okafor and Christian Wood each scored 15 points while Solomon Hill chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Pelicans shot 45 percent from the field and eight of 31 from the 3-point line as they took it to the Lakers to lead by one point at halftime, before getting blown off the floor in the third quarter by 44-22. With the loss, New Orleans fell to 32-46 overall and 19-20 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 against the Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Pelicans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record, 1-8 ATS in their last nine home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Hornets are 8-20-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings overall and the Hornets are 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans.
The Pelicans are in a serious slump which isn’t surprising given the long list of injuries they’ve had to deal with, but so are the Hornets who have lost their last three games by an average of 23.3 points. The Hornets are just 3-11 ATS in the last 14 meetings in New Orleans, but they are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and will be relieved to be playing lesser competition like the Pelicans are falling to the playoff-bound Warriors and Jazz in their last two outings. I’m sticking with Walker and the Hornets to get a feel-good win against the injury-depleted Pelicans here.