New Orleans
Pelicans
Stadium Smoothie King Center
33-49 Overall | WESTERN 13th
TEAM STATSPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Southwest Division115.4116.8
Schedule
Regular season
Wed  4/3
vs
Charlotte
L109-115
Fri  4/5
@
Phoenix
L / OT126-133
Sun  4/7
@
Sacramento
W133-129
Tue  4/9
vs
Golden State
L103-112
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

PLAYOFF FORECAST

Adding Zion Williamson had a massive impact on their projected win total. Before the draft they were projected for just 25 wins. But even a 9 win improvement only improved them from 14th best in the conference to 13th. By adding one of the best pure shooters in the league in JJ Redick they jumped 4 more wins. It comes down to Zion Williamson. If he is a 18 pt, 9 reb "very good" rookie they win 38. But if he is an instant 23 pt, 10 reb, all defense player as a rookie they could definitely be in the playoffs. We do not project them to be a playoff team in '19-20.

REGULAR SEASON RECAP

The regular season went much worse than expected. They won 33 games vs an expected win total of 37.4. They came up short at home and on the road. They went 14-27 on the road and were expected to win 15.7. Their 46.3% home win percentage was much worse than expected (52.8%).

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STATISTICAL STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

SHOOTING (STRENGTH): This is an above average shooting team with a true FG% of 56.3% (#12 in League). They average 115.4 pts per game vs an expected average (based on pre-game odds) of 114.6. On the road they average 115.8 (113.9 expected), and at home 115.1 ppg (115.2 expected).

DEFENSE (WEAKNESS): This is a below average defensive team allowing opponents to shoot 56.6 true FG% (#21 in League). They allow 116.8 pts per game vs an expected value of 116. They are allowing 117.5 (117.7 expected) on the road, and at home 116 ppg (114.3 expected).

REBOUNDING (STRENGTH): They are outrebounding opponents by 1.5 per game (#9 in league).

TURNOVERS (WEAKNESS): Their average turnover margin is -1.4 per game (#27 in league).

TEAM STATS AND AGAINST THE SPREAD GAMELOG

Below is a recap of all 82 regular games. Anyone who backed the Pelicans in all of their games would be down -963 units. Against the spread, they have lost -930 units risking 110 to win 100 (38-43 ATS). They are down against the spread at home and on the road.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
--- Alexander-Walker, Nickeil G6-520409/12/19980Virginia Tech
--- Ball, Lonzo PG6-619010/27/19972UCLA
--- Favors, Derrick PF6-1026507/15/19919Georgia Tech
--- Hart, Josh SG6-521503/06/19952Villanova
--- Hayes, Jaxson C6-1122005/23/20000Texas
11 Holiday, Jrue PG6-420506/12/199010UCLA
--- Ingram, Brandon SF6-919009/02/19973Duke
15 Jackson, Frank PG6-320505/04/19982Duke
--- Louzada Silva, Marcos F6-619002/07/19990No College
55 Moore, E'Twaun SG6-419102/25/19898Purdue
--- Redick, JJ SG6-420006/24/198413Duke
34 Williams, Kenrich SG6-721012/02/19941New Mexico JC; Texas Christian
--- Williamson, Zion SF6-728507/06/20000Duke