Charlotte Hornets vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Pick – March 11

The NBA is set up with another great slate of basketball throughout March 11. Ten games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have struggled a bit on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Charlotte has earned a record of 32-35 throughout this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets have lost two games in a row and four of their last six. Charlotte is a game and a half back on the eighth spot in the Conference. The Hornets will look to bounce back with a big win on the road in this one.

The Pelicans have put up a record of 27-39 so far this season, which has them in tenth place of the Western Conference. New Orleans has lost three games in a row, which ended a four game winning streak. The Pelicans are a game and a half back on the ninth spot in the Conference. New Orleans will look to strengthen their lead on the division with a win on Friday.

These two teams are battling for play-in spot in their conferences, which could lead to an exciting matchup in this one. The Hornets have been a bit better on the season and will look to knock off New Orleans. The Pelicans will look to get back on track early. If either team can grab an early lead, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Charlotte Hornets +3 ½ (-110) Over 231 (-110)
New Orleans Pelicans -3 ½ (-110) Under 231 (-110)


Team Data Charlotte Hornets New Orleans Pelicans
Overall Record 32-35 27-39
Away/ Home Record 16-18 15-18
PPG 114.2 107.7
PPG Away/ Home 115.4 109.8
PAPG 114.9 109.4
PAPG Away/ Home 116.5 108.7

Betting Trends

Charlotte Hornets

  • 36-29 ATS this season
  • 25-21 ATS as an underdog
  • 18-15 ATS in road games
  • 2-2 ATS in March
  • 8-6 ATS on Friday nights
  • 4-2 ATS against Southwest division
  • 11-12 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 11-8 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 3-4 ATS after three straight home games
  • 12-11 ATS against team with a losing record

New Orleans Pelicans

  • 33-33 ATS this season
  • 9-6 ATS as a favorite
  • 18-15 ATS in home games
  • 2-3 ATS in March
  • 9-4 ATS on Friday nights
  • 3-4 ATS against Southeast division
  • 12-13 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 15-11 ATS in non-Conference game
  • 3-1 ATS off an upset loss as a favorite
  • 10-12 ATS against team with a losing record

These two teams met up twice throughout last season. New Orleans hosted the first game. Gordon Hayward put up 26 points, while Miles Bridges added 20 points in the first game. The Hornets earned a 118-110 win. Eric Bledsoe dropped 24 points and 11 assists in the second matchup to help lead the Pelicans to a 112-110 win on the road.

Field Goal Shooting

The Hornets have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Charlotte has made 45.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the league. The Hornets have shot 35.7 percent from deep, which is 9th in the NBA. Charlotte has sunk 73.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 27th in the league.

New Orleans has been strong shooting the ball from the field. The Pelicans have been shooting 47.7 percent from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. New Orleans has made 34.8 percent from behind the arc, which is 26th in the league. The Pelicans have drained 72.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 29th in the NBA.

These two teams have struggled shooting the ball a bit on the season, but the Pelicans have been a bit better on defense. New Orleans has held opposing teams to a 46.9 percent from the field, which is 19th in the league. Charlotte has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.0 percent from the field, which is 21st in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defenses to step up in this one.

Top Performers

Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball have led Charlotte on the season. Bridges is averaging 19.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. Ball has averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 assists per game. Terry Rozier has averaged 19.4 points per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 16.2 points, while Montrezl Harrell has averaged 13.1 points per game. P.J. Washington rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.1 points per game.

C.J. McCollum has been strong for the Pelicans since joining at the trade deadline. McCollum has averaged 27.1 points and 6.7 assists per game. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Devonte’ Graham has averaged 12.5 points per game. Herbert Jones has averaged 9.5 points per game to round out the lineup.

The Hornets have seen a nice spread of scoring throughout this season, while New Orleans has been hit with injuries. Brandon Ingram is out for this one and Zion Williamson is not expected to make his debut yet. New Orleans will need some players to step up early in this one. If either team can get an early start, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have struggled a bit on the season, but will look for a big win to start this season series. New Orleans is likely without Ingram and Williamson in this one, which could allow the Hornets to use their depth to take over. Both teams have struggled a bit as of late. If Charlotte can grab an early lead, I like their chances to earn a win in this one.

BetOnline has the Pelicans listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to New Orleans at home. I think that this line should be closer to even with Charlotte being the healthier team entering this one. The Hornets have also been a bit better on the season and will look to win a big game on the road. As underdogs, I really like the value on Charlotte.

The Bet
Charlotte Hornets +3.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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