Pelicans vs Hornets Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Thursday, March 23, 2023

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The New Orleans Pelicans (35-37) host the Charlotte Hornets (23-50) at Smoothie King Center on Thursday, March 23, 2023. The contest starts at 8:00 PM ET and airs on BSNO. The Hornets are 9-point underdogs in the game. The matchup has a 225 point total.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Hornets

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 9 points, with oddsmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -384 odds to pick up the win, while the Hornets are listed at +306 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 225 points.

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Pelicans vs. Hornets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 23, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSNO
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Arena: Smoothie King Center

Pelicans vs. Hornets Betting Trends

The Pelicans are 33-38-1 against the spread this season. New Orleans has come away with 22 wins in the 35 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. The Pelicans have hit the over in 47.9% of their opportunities this year (35 times over 73 games with a set point total).

In the Hornets’ 73 games this season, they have 31 wins against the spread. Charlotte is 15-42 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 26.3% of those games). Hornets games this season have gone over the point total 32 times in 73 opportunities (43.8%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
Brandon Ingram 35 23.5 4.9 5.1 0.7 0.4 1.6
CJ McCollum 65 21 4.5 5.9 0.9 0.5 2.8
Jonas Valančiūnas 69 14.2 9.8 1.7 0.2 0.6 0.5
Trey Murphy III 69 13.4 3.7 1.4 1 0.5 2.4
Josh Richardson 55 10.9 2.7 3 1.2 0.3 1.7


Hornets Leaders
Terry Rozier 62 21.4 4.1 5.1 1.2 0.3 2.6
Kelly Oubre Jr. 47 20.5 5.2 1.1 1.4 0.4 2.3
P.J. Washington 68 15.1 4.9 2.3 0.9 1.1 2
Gordon Hayward 47 14.3 4.3 4 0.9 0.3 1
Dennis Smith Jr. 51 8.6 3 4.7 1.4 0.5 0.4
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Pelicans vs. Hornets Injury Report

Hornets: LaMelo Ball: Out (Ankle), Cody Martin: Out (Knee), Mark Williams: Out (Thumb)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

With 114 points per game on offense, New Orleans ranks 16th in the NBA. At the other end, it cedes 113 points per contest, which ranks 14th in the league. The Pelicans average 114.5 points per game at home, compared to 113.5 points per game on the road, a difference of one points per contest. On offense, the Pelicans have had a tough time putting the ball in the basket over their last 10 games, scoring 112 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 114 they’ve put up over the course of this year.

New Orleans is making 10.9 treys per game (23rd-ranked in league). It has a 35.7% shooting percentage (18th-ranked) from beyond the arc. Of the shots attempted by the Pelicans in 2022-23, 65.2% of them have been two-pointers (74.1% of the team’s made baskets) and 34.8% have been from beyond three-point land (25.9%).

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What you need to know about the Charlotte Hornets

In 2022-23, Charlotte is fourth-worst in the NBA on offense (111.3 points scored per game) and 22nd on defense (117.4 points allowed). The Hornets average 110 points per game at home, and 112.5 on the road. Over their last 10 games, the Hornets are putting up 102.8 points per contest, 8.5 fewer points than their season average (111.3).

Beyond the arc, Charlotte is fourth-worst in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (10.6). And it is second-worst in 3-point percentage at 32.7%. In 2022-23, the Hornets have attempted 64.4% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 35.6% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 74.4% of the Hornets’ buckets have been 2-pointers, and 25.6% have been 3-pointers.

Pelicans vs. Hornets Predictions and Pick

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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