Charlotte Hornets vs New Orleans Pelicans

 

The Pelicans are 1.5-point favorites in this game. They have won the last two games between these teams, including a 124-117 victory back in February of last year. The teams have split the last 10 meetings between them.

The New Orleans Pelicans look to get back into the win column when they take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday evening. New Orleans has lost their last two games, including a 111-110 loss the Oklahoma City. It has been a tough stretch, as their two losses have come by a combined total of three points. Charlotte ended a three-game skid with a 102-94 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday.

New Orleans enters as a six-point favorite in the contest. They have won six of the last seven meetings between these teams, including a 115-110 victory in November 2019. The Pelicans are 7-3 overall in the last 10.

Hornets Sting Hawks

Using a smothering defense, the Charlotte Hornets downed the Atlanta Hawks, 102-94. Atlanta was just seven of 40 from three-point range and hit 37.5% of their shots from the field overall.

Gordon Hayward had a huge game for Charlotte, scoring 44 points on 15 of 25 from the field. He also added seven rebounds. P.J. Washington led the team with 10 rebounds.

Charlotte is averaging 106.6 ppg while allowing 110.0 per contest. The Hornets are hitting 43.4% of their shots from the field and 35.1% of their shots from three-point range. They are first in the NBA in assists per game at 28.8 and third in steals per game at 9.3.

The Hornets are led in scoring by Hayward at 21.9 points per contest, followed closely behind by Terry Rozier at 20.6 per contest. Bismack Biyombo is the leading rebounder at 7.3 per contest, but Charlotte has five players averaging at least 5.1 rebounds per game in a collective effort.

Pelicans Fall in Final Seconds

George Hill hit the go-ahead free throws with 12 seconds left in the game as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Pelicans, 111-110. Steven Adams had a triple-double for the Pelicans, scoring 10 points while adding 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Zion Williamson led the team with 29 points, going 12 of 17 from the floor. Brandon Ingram also had 11 boards, as three players had at least 10 rebounds in the game for New Orleans.

The Pelicans are averaging 106.8 ppg while allowing 105.1 per contest, fifth-best in the NBA. They are shooting 45.2% from the field and 31.1% from the three-point range, 30th best in the league. They are first in total rebounds per game, averaging 50 boards per contest.

Ingram leads the team in scoring at 24.9 points per contest. He is also averaging 7.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. Three players are averaging 8.1 rebounds per game or better, led by Adams at 9.1 per contest. Williamson is averaging 21.4 ppg.

New Orleans has three players listed as questionable, including JJ Redick.