Charlotte Hornets at New Orleans Pelicans 3/11/22 - NBA Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/10/2022 at 10:01 PM ET

The Smoothie King Center will play host to a Friday night NBA clash between the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans. The Hornets (32-35) have dropped consecutive games and are tied with Atlanta for ninth place in the East. On Wednesday, Charlotte was outscored by ten points during the second half of a 115-101 home loss versus Boston.

Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington scored 17 points apiece to lead Charlotte on a combined 12-for-26 from the field. LaMelo Ball added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets.

The New Orleans Pelicans are looking to snap a three-game slide and trail Los Angeles by 1.5 games for ninth place in the West. On Wednesday, New Orleans trailed by 15 points at halftime during a disappointing 108-102 home loss versus lowly Orlando. The Pelicans (27-39) missed 24 of their 31 three-point attempts and shot 44 percent overall.

New Orleans G C.J. McCollum led all scorers with 32 points on 14-for-27 shooting and dished out eight assists. Jonas Valanciunas added 30 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans.

New Orleans G C.J. McCollum (medical protocols) and F Brandon Ingram (hamstring) will both miss this game. The Hornets play at the third fastest tempo, so the over is worth a look. The stronger play is on a healthier Charlotte squad to win on the road. Final Score Prediction, Charlotte Hornets win 120-113.

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