Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
Where to Watch: ESPN
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Hawks -6, Pelicans +6; Over/Under: 220 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Hawks NL, Pelicans NL; Over/Under: NL points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Hawks -6, Pelicans +6; Over/Under: 220 points
Atlanta Hawks: 2-1 (4th place, Southeast Division)
New Orleans Pelicans: 1-3 (5th place, Southwest Division)
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Atlanta Hawks vs New Orleans Pelicans Preview and Analysis
Atlanta Hawks: won at home on Oct. 25 against the Detroit Pistons 122-104.
New Orleans Pelicans: won on the road on Oct. 25 against the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-98.
Atlanta Hawks Analysis
The Hawks are coming into this game with a 2-1 record overall to start the season off and they are 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. Their 1 loss came against the Cleveland Cavaliers while their 2 wins came against the Dallas Mavericks and the Pistons in their last game. The Hawks dominated the Pistons from the start of that game leading them at the end of every quarter. Trae Young went off in that game as he led the team in points with 32 along with 9 assists and 4 rebounds. John Collins also had a nice day for the offense as he scored 22 points, 2 assists and had 7 rebounds. Young led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Gorgui Dieng off the bench led the team in rebounds with 12. Their offense is averaging 110 PPG in their first 3 games and their defense is allowing their opponents to score 97.3 PPG against them. The Hawks opened their last game as an 11 point favorite with that line closing around 11.5 while the point total opened at 213 points and closed around 212.5 points. The Hawks covered the spread in that game winning by 18 points while the game went over the total with 226 points total.
New Orleans Pelicans Analysis
The Pelicans are coming into this game with a 1-3 record overall to start their season off and they are 0-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They started their season off with 3 straight losses to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Chicago Bulls, and the Minnesota Timberwolves but they cracked that streak and got their first win of the season in their last game in a 2nd game against the T-wolves. They ran away with that game from the start keeping a lead at the end of every quarter. Brandon Ingram led the team in points in that game yet again with 27 points along with 1 assist and 9 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas was 2nd on the team in points with 22 while Devonte' Graham also had a nice game with 21 points. Graham led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Valanciunas absolutely dominated under the net with 23 rebounds himself. Their offense is averaging 101.3 PPG in their first 4 games and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 109.8 PPG against them. The Pelicans opened as a 5.5 point underdog in their last game with that line closing around the same while the point total opened at 225.5 and closed around 225. The Pelicans not only covered the spread in that game but they won it straight up on the moneyline as a +185 underdog while the game stayed under the total with 205 total points.
Hawks vs Pelicans Prediction
The Hawks are coming into this game as a 6 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Pelicans just finished off their road trip by getting their first win of the season in that last game and now come home for this one. This should be a bit of a let down for them coming back from their road trip off that first win. The Hawks responded to their first loss of the season with a 20 point win in their next game and they will be looking to extend that and pick up their first win on the road this season. The best bet to place in this game is on the Hawks to cover the spread here.
Hawks Pelicans Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Hawks 127 Pelicans 114.
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NBA Betting Trends
Atlanta Hawks: 243-278 O/U as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 430-432 O/U as a favorite. 121-128 O/U as a road favorite. 98-104 O/U as a road favorite of 6 points or less. 501-528 O/U in road games. 74-89 O/U against Southwest division opponents. 332-345 O/U in non-conference games.
New Orleans Pelicans: 253-289 O/U as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 422-459 O/U as an underdog. 146-157 O/U as a home underdog. 109-117 O/U as a home underdog of 6 points or less. 257-290 O/U in the first half of the season. 72-90 O/U against Southeast division opponents.
Atlanta Hawks: D. Gallinari (SF) Ques Wed - Shoulder injury. D. Hunter (PF) Ques Wed - Illness. O. Okongwu (PF) Late Dec - Shoulder injury.
New Orleans Pelicans: J. Hart (SG) Ques Wed - Quadricep injury. D. Hommes (SF) Ques Wed - Ankle injury. Z. Williamson (PF) Out indefinitely - Foot injury.
Players to Watch
Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in points and assists per game this season. He is coming off of a game where he led his team in points and has been the driving force in their offense since their first game this season. Look for him to have another good game here as the Hawks look for their first road win of the season.
New Orleans Pelicans: Jonas Valanciunas is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in rebounds per game this season. He is coming off of a great game where he not only led his team in rebounds but he had 23 himself in that game. He will be a key force under the net in this game and could be the player that turns the tables for his team and gives them the advantage that they need. Look for him to continue to be a strong force under the net collecting rebounds.
"It's always great playing here, so we want to make this a tough place to play. We've got to win at home. We're about to go on the road for a couple of games. Hopefully we bring that same energy we had tonight and carry it over." - Trae Young after their home win against the Pistons in their last game.
"To finally get one win, it's refreshing. You understand really quick how hard it is to win in this league." - Willie Green after his team’s first win of the season in their last game.
PG Trae Young
SG Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF De'Andre Hunter
PF John Collins
C Clint Capela
New Orleans Pelicans
PG Devonte' Graham
SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF Brandon Ingram
PF Naji Marshall
C Jonas Valanciunas
PPG: T. Young (25)
APG: T. Young (10)
Reb/G: C. Capela (11.7)
New Orleans Pelicans
PPG: B. Ingram (27)
APG: D. Graham (5)
Reb/G: J. Valanciunas (15)
Atlanta Hawks: Nate McMillan (2nd season)
New Orleans Pelicans: Willie Green (1st season)