The New Orleans Pelicans will look to continue their strong play on their home court when they take on the Charlotte Hornets in a key matchup on Thursday. The Pelicans (35-37), who are within striking distance of reaching the Western Conference Play-in Tournament, are 23-13 at home this season. The Hornets (23-50), who are 10 games out of the Eastern Conference Play-in Tournament, have struggled on the road, going 11-26. Charlotte is 3-7 in its last 10 games, while New Orleans is 5-5.
The game from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans will tip off at 8 p.m. ET. New Orleans is favored by 9 points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 225 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds4page).
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The model knows New Orleans forward Brandon Ingram has played well of late, and is coming off a 32-point, seven-assist and four-rebound performance in Tuesday's win over San Antonio. He scored 31 points and had six assists and four rebounds at Houston on Friday, and followed that up with 26 points, nine assists and two rebounds at Houston on Sunday. In 35 games, all starts, Ingram is averaging 23.5 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 33.1 minutes. Ingram has reached double-digit scoring in 34 games, including 23 games with 20 or more points.
The model also knows Charlotte has won two of the last three meetings. Shooting guard Terry Rozier has been on fire recently, averaging 21.2 points over the past 10 games and has reached 20 or more points in six of the past seven games. Rozier narrowly missed a double-double in his last outing, a win over Indiana on Monday. In that game, he scored 23 points, while dishing out nine assists.
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