New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-2-18

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 12-2-18

New Orleans Pelicans (11-11) vs Charlotte Hornets (11-10)

Date : 12/02/2018
Time : 5:00PM
Location : Spectrum Center

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

New Orleans Pelicans vs Charlotte Hornets

The New Orleans Pelicans will visit the Charlotte Hornets for an early Sunday night match-up at the Spectrum Center. It’s another East meets West match-up and the first time these two teams lace up this season. The records are almost identical but the more competitive West has the Pelicans sitting in the 10th spot while the Hornets are sitting in 6th in the East.

The Pelicans are coming in on a one-game win streak after dropping four straight and going 5-5 in their last ten. The Hornets are winners of their last two also going 5-5 in their last ten.

New Orleans Pelicans's Latest Performance :

The New Orleans Pelicans have their issues. Allowing an injured Demarcus Cousins to leave in free agency and the fact that they are probably watching Anthony Davis play his last season in a Pelicans uniform hasn’t helped them much. They are stuck in a division with several postseason contenders and not too many options to improve their roster or their position in the West.

Charlotte Hornets's Latest Performance :

The Charlotte Hornets are sitting 6.5 back behind a solid Toronto Raptors team that has won 6 in a row. They lead the Southwest division thanks to Kemba Walker’s 27 points per game to go with his 6.23 assists per game. He’s had some help by seven-year veteran Jeremy Lamb who has scored 18 points or more in 7 of his last 8 games. That’s a welcome addition to any team especially when Walker has nights like he did on Wednesday night going 6-19 from the field and 1-6 from three-point land.

How New Orleans Pelicans & Charlotte Hornets Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Hornets are 17-7 ATS overall

Hornets are 8-3 ATS at home and 6-4 ATS away

Pelicans are 10-12 ATS overall

Pelicans are 6-5 ATS at home and 4-7 ATS away

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

If the stats were determining the winner, it would be fairly close when you look at overall records and the issues in the locker room and on the floor for both, but the Pelicans are 2nd in scoring, 3rd in rebounds, and fourth in assists in the NBA and have a monster scorer and rebounder in Anthony Davis. You could call him the x-factor in this game. However, the defense is giving up 117 ppg’s a night. The Hornets are averaging 114 a night and also have an x-factor in Kemba Walker. In other words, this should be an interesting game.

Betting trends for New Orleans Pelicans:

  • Pelicans are 2-9 as away team

  • Pelicans are 7-3 after a win

  • Pelicans are 5-4 in non-conference games

Betting trends for Charlotte Hornets:

  • Hornets are 8-3 as home team

  • Hornets are 4-6 after a win

  • Hornets are 11-8 in non-conference games


A prolific television producer/writer and general sports enthusiast, Bryan has produced and written for several TV shows over the years. He attended the University of Missouri and has been involved in competitive sports his entire life.