Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/2/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at New Orleans Pelicans - 4/2/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (21-26) vs Atlanta Hawks (24-24)

Game Info: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +2 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks square off Friday night with the New Orleans Pelicans in NBA action at Smoothie King Center.

The Atlanta Hawks need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 112.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 46 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 25.4 points and four rebounds while John Collins is averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. De’Andre Hunter is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 14.1 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 114.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26.4 points and 7.1 rebounds while Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is the third double-digit scorer and Eric Bledsoe is dishing 3.8 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.

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The Hawks are 15-31 ATS in their last 46 Friday games and 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 overall. The over is 30-11 in Pelicans last 41 overall. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Atlanta Hawks have cooled off over the last two weeks and now they're on the end of a back to back that included two overtimes. The New Orleans Pelicans are on the end of a back to back as well, but they don't have to travel. The Pelicans have a serious advantage in this spot. The Pelicans have also played better ball as of late and are winning their last five games by an average of 6.4 points. I'll gladly take the free bucket with the home team here.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +2

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