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New Orleans Pelicans at Charlotte Hornets odds, picks and prediction

Jan 8, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) brings the ball up court against Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) during the third quarter at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans (30-37) travel to meet the Charlotte Hornets (33-34) Sunday at Spectrum Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Pelicans vs. Hornets odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Pelicans put up a strong fight in Philadelphia, coming up shortly 109-107 as 11.5-point underdogs on Friday. The Pelicans are an impressive 6-1 ATS across the past seven outings while the Under has hit in seven of the past eight.

The Hornets posted a 122-112 win against the Orlando Magic on Friday, cashing as 7.5-point favorites. The Hornets are still just 2-5 ATS across the past seven games overall.

Pelicans at Hornets: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:15 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Pelicans +160 (bet $100 to win $160) | Hornets -190 (bet $190 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Pelicans +5 (-115) | Hornets -5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 221.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Pelicans at Hornets: Key injuries

Pelicans

  • C Steven Adams (toe) questionable
  • SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker (leg) probable
  • SF Brandon Ingram (ankle) doubtful
  • SG Josh Hart (thumb) out
  • PF Zion Williamson (finger) out

Hornets

  • SF Miles Bridges (health and safety protocols) out
  • PF Devonte’ Graham (knee) questionable
  • SF Gordon Hayward (foot) out
  • PF Cody Martin (ankle) out

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Pelicans at Hornets: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Hornets 108, Pelicans 106

Money line (ML)

The Hornets (-190) are a little too risky for my liking at this price, especially since the Pelicans (+160) can very easily win this game outright.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The PELICANS +5 (-115) have been cover kings lately, going 6-1 ATS across the past seven outings, and they’re 4-0 ATS as an underdog while winning two of those games outright. They’re playing good basketball right now, even without Williamson in their frontcourt.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 221.5 (-110) is the play here based upon the trends for both teams.

The Under is 13-4 in Charlotte’s past 17 games at home, and 5-1 in the past six as a favorite. The Under is 7-1 in the past eight for New Orleans, while going 4-0 in the past four as an underdog.

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