Charlotte Hornets at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/11/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (27-39) vs Charlotte Hornets (32-35)

Game Info: Friday, March 11, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1 -- Over/Under: 231 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Friday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Charlotte Hornets need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans look to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 114.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Miles Bridges is averaging 19.8 points and 3.6 assists, while LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.7 points and 6.9 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is dishing 1.2 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 107.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 27.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.

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The Hornets are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Pelicans are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog. The over is 6-2 in Hornets last 8 games as a favorite. The under is 13-5-1 in Pelicans last 19 overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New Orleans and 10-22-1 ATS in the last 33 meetings.

This line has moved a lot since the opener, and that's because CJ McCollum has been placed in health and safety protocols. That means the New Orleans Pelicans will be without their top two players. The Charlotte Hornets aren't a team I'm thrilled to back in their current form, especially on the road, but with health on their side, they should be able to get the job done here. The Hornets at least win in the favorite role by an average of 6.1 points. I have to lean the home team given the Pels injuries.

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Randy’s Pick Charlotte Hornets -1

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