Hornets vs Pelicans Prediction - NBA Picks 3/23/23

New Orleans Pelicans (35-37) vs Charlotte Hornets (23-50)

Game Info: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -7.5 -- Over/Under: 226.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 111.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 117.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 21.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 20.5 points and 5.2 rebounds. PJ Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 114 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.

The Hornets are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 19-7 in Hornets last 26 overall. The under is 9-2 in Pelicans last 11 overall. The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 11-24-1 ATS in the last 36 meetings.

I don't want to lay big chalk with the New Orleans Pelicans as much as the next guy, but they're clearly the better team, at home, and the Hornets continue to free fall. The Charlotte Hornets are losing their last 5 games by an average of 12.6 points, and they lose as underdogs by an average of 7.9 points. My only option in this spot is to lay the chalk with the Pels at home.

Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -7.5

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