Charlotte Hornets vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+8.5)
Smoothie King Center is the site where and the New Orleans Pelicans (4-4) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (3-5) on Friday. Charlotte opens this game as 8.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 216.
The Charlotte Hornets faced off with the Atlanta Hawks and notched a win by a score of 102-94 in their last contest. Charlotte finished having earned a 37.6% field goal percentage (32 of 85) and buried 11 of 36 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hornets made 27 of their 33 shots for a rate of 81.8%. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 49 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 22 assists for this game while having 11 steals and 8 blocks. In reference to defense, Charlotte let their opponent shoot 37.5% from the floor on 36 out of 96 shooting. Atlanta totaled 25 assists and had 6 steals for the game. On top of that, the Hawks pulled down 57 rebounds (12 offensive, 45 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Atlanta ended up going 83.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 15 of their 18 attempts. They also converted 7 out of their 40 attempts from 3-point range.
Gordon Hayward is a guy who was a major factor for this game. He racked up 44 points on 15 of 25 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39:07 mins and also totaled 7 rebounds. Hayward ended up shooting 60.0% from the field and also distributed 2 assists. Another guy that was a factor in the game for the Hornets was LaMelo Ball. He had 8 boards and accounted for 5 assists. He finished 50.0% from the field for the contest by shooting 6-of-12 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Ball played 23:40 minutes.
Charlotte comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 3-5 for the campaign. The Hornets are hitting 35.1% on 3-point shots (100 of 285) and 72.2% from the charity stripe. They average 106.6 points per contest (26th in basketball) while going 43.4% from the field. They turn it over 15.6 times per contest and as a squad they commit 20.4 fouls every game. As a team, Charlotte is collecting 44.9 boards per contest and has earned 230 dimes this year, which is 1st in the league in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Hornets are forcing their opponents into 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.6 fouls. They are giving up 33.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 12th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.0). The Hornets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.4% (133 of 157) and they surrender 49.3 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 29th in basketball in giving up assists with 234 conceded so far this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New Orleans Pelicans walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 111-110 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pelicans collected 43 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 in this contest. They also blocked 2 attempts while earning 11 steals in this contest. The Thunder committed 18 personal fouls for the game which got the Pelicans to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.3%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, New Orleans buried 4 out of 22 tries (18.2%). When the game finished, the Pelicans went 44 out of 89 from the floor which had them shooting 49.4%. The Pelicans allowed the Thunder to make 40 of their 87 tries from the field which had them sitting at 46.0% for this game. They shot 41.3% from distance by going 19 out of 46 and finished the game at 12 of 16 from the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to rebounding, New Orleans permitted Oklahoma City to snag 38 in all (4 offensive).
Zion Williamson was important for the Pelicans in the matchup. He converted 12 of 17 for this contest for a field goal rate of 70.6%, which got him 29 points. Williamson snagged 6 rebounds in his 32:23 minutes of playing time and had 2 assists in this matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for New Orleans was Brandon Ingram. He totaled 24 points in his 35:52 minutes played via 9 of 15 from the floor for the game. Ingram ended up shooting 60.0% from the field and also contributing 4 assists and 11 total rebounds.
New Orleans has a win-loss mark of 4-4 for the year. As an offense, the Pelicans are connecting on 45.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 17th in basketball. New Orleans has totaled 854 pts on the campaign (106.8 per contest) and they pull in 50.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.6 times per game (25th in the league) and they cough up possession 16.4 times per game. The Pelicans are committing 17.4 fouls per contest while shooting 70.9% from the charity stripe. The Pelicans on the defensive side of the court are 5th in the NBA in points given up per game with 105.1. The New Orleans defense concedes 36.0% from downtown (127 of 353) and their opponents are making 79.7% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 26.3 assists and 40.0 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 23rd and 1st in basketball. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.2% from the floor (7th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take New Orleans (-8.5) and over 216 points
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