Pelicans vs Hornets Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, October 21

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The New Orleans Pelicans (1-0) visit the Charlotte Hornets (1-0) at Spectrum Center on Friday, October 21, 2022. The contest tips at 7:00 PM ET and airs on BSCR. The Pelicans are 6.5-point favorites in the game. The over/under is 226.5 points for the matchup.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -273 odds to pick up the win, while the Hornets are listed at +221 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 226.5 points.

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Pelicans vs. Hornets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, October 21, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSCR
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arena: Spectrum Center

Pelicans vs. Hornets Betting Trends

Against the spread, the Pelicans were 40-40-2 last year. New Orleans finished 17-6 in games it was listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 73.9% of those games). Out of 82 Pelicans games last year, 33 hit the over.

Against the spread, the Hornets were 46-34-2 last year. Last season, Charlotte was the underdog 52 times and won 22, or 42.3%, of those games. There were 41 Hornets games (out of 82) that hit the over last season.

Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Brandon Ingram 55 22.7 5.8 5.6 0.6 0.5 1.3
CJ McCollum 62 22.1 4.3 5.1 1.1 0.4 2.9
Jonas Valančiūnas 74 17.8 11.4 2.6 0.6 0.8 0.8
Devonte’ Graham 76 11.9 2.3 4.2 0.9 0.1 2.5
Jaxson Hayes 70 9.3 4.5 0.6 0.5 0.8 0.3


Miles Bridges 80 20.1 7 3.8 0.9 0.8 1.9
LaMelo Ball 75 20.1 6.7 7.6 1.6 0.4 2.9
Terry Rozier 73 19.4 4.3 4.5 1.3 0.3 3.1
Gordon Hayward 49 15.9 4.6 3.6 1 0.4 1.8
Kelly Oubre Jr. 76 15 4 1.1 1 0.4 2.5
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Pelicans vs. Hornets Injury Report

Pelicans: Jaxson Hayes: Questionable (Elbow), EJ Liddell: Out (Knee), Kira Lewis: Out (Knee)

Hornets: Cody Martin: Doubtful (Quadricep), LaMelo Ball: Out (Ankle), Miles Bridges: Out (Personal)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

Offensively, New Orleans was the 21st-ranked squad in the league (109.3 points per game) last year. Defensively, it was 13th (110.3 points allowed per game). The Pelicans put up 111.4 points per game in home games. When playing on the road, they averaged 107.2 points per contest.

Last season, New Orleans was third-worst in the NBA in 3-point makes (10.6 per game) and fourth-worst in 3-point percentage (33.2%). Last season, the Pelicans took 36.5% of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 63.5% from inside it. In terms of made shots, 26.5% of the Pelicans’ buckets were 3-pointers, and 73.5% were 2-pointers.

What you need to know about the Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte gave up 114.9 points per game last season (25th-ranked in NBA), but it really shined offensively, averaging 115.3 points per game (fourth-best). At home, the Hornets scored 113.5 points per game last season. Away, they averaged 117.2.

Charlotte ranked fifth-best in the NBA by draining 13.9 three-pointers per game. In terms of three-point percentage, it ranked sixth in the league at 36.5%. In terms of shot breakdown, the Hornets took 58.3% two-pointers (accounting for 67.4% of the team’s buckets) and 41.7% threes (32.6%).

Pelicans vs. Hornets Predictions and Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is the Hornets, and we expect that Hornets will cover the spread (Pelicans -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 226.5 points.

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How to bet Pelicans vs. Hornets

You can bet on Pelicans vs. Hornets at every legal online sportsbook. For more NBA odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals as well as NBA prop odds, check out the latest NBA lines as well as our guide to the best NBA betting sites.

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Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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