New Orleans Pelicans at Charlotte Hornets - 10/21/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (1-0) vs New Orleans Pelicans (1-0)

Game Info: Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets +6.0 -- Over/Under: 231 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New Orleans Pelicans and the Charlotte Hornets collide at the Spectrum Center on Friday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans will be eager to start their season with a second straight victory after making light work of the Nets in a 130-108 road win on Wednesday night. Brandon Ingram led the team in scoring with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Zion Williamson added 25 points with nine rebounds and four steals in his first game back while CJ McCollum chipped in with 21 points and six assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 49 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the 3-point line, but this win was set up by their effort on the defensive end as they held the Nets to just 14 points in the first quarter, before exploding for 40 points in the third quarter to make it a blowout in the end.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets will also be gunning for their second win of the season after blowing past the Spurs in a 129-102 road win on Wednesday. Terry Rozier led the team with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, Gordon Hayward added 20 points on six of 11 shooting, Nick Richards added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench while PJ Washington chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 51 percent from the field and 13 of 29 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Spurs right from the start, pouring in 38 points in the first quarter to take the early double-digit lead which only grew as the game wore on.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record, 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win. The Hornets are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points.

Head to head, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Charlotte, the Pelicans are 23-11-1 ATS in the last 35 meetings overall and the Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in Charlotte.

Both teams are coming into this one with plenty of confidence after registering blowout wins, but there’s definitely more to like about the Pelicans who just destroyed the highly-touted Nets in their own building. The Hornets are certainly capable of pulling off the upset at home, but they’re still shorthanded with LaMelo Ball still out, so I think it’s best to stay with the Pelicans to stay hot with another win and cover in this spot.

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Peter’s Pick New Orleans -6

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