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New Orleans Pelicans Betting and Team Guide

A lot of people like betting on the New Orleans Pelicans during the NBA season. That’s why we created a team guide that is designed to give you the best chance to make some money.

We cover all the important key facts from the history of the Pelicans but always keep an eye on the future and the present with the latest odds and predictions for the latest NBA season.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting in 2019-20

The first section of the Pelicans team guide is focused on the upcoming NBA season, so let’s start with some New Orleans Pelicans betting odds for 2019-20.

Latest New Orleans Pelicans Odds for 2019-20

New Orleans Pelicans to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+15000
New Orleans Pelicans to Win the 2020 NBA Western Conference +10000
New Orleans Pelicans to Win the 2020 NBA Southwest Division +25000

New Orleans Pelicans Predictions for 2019-20

  • Current Prediction: 27-30 wins
  • Current Pick: no recommended bet
  • Last Updated: January 3rd

Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a coming-out party for the Pelicans franchise has turned into a lost season. The Pels are in last place in the Southwest Division and are one of five NBA teams who are yet to register 12 victories on the season.

New Orleans has obviously been bitten pretty hard by the injury bug, but there’s no time for excuses in the National Basketball Association. My guess is that the Pelicans will end the year with a worse record than they did a season ago. And remember, Anthony Davis sat out a huge chunk of those games.

Previous New Orleans Pelicans Predictions

October 8

  • Prediction: 35-37 wins in the regular season
  • Pick: Under 39.5 Wins +105

The Pelicans are looking better than expected so far, as it seems Lonzo Ball has been working on his shot and Zion looks happy to be in New Orleans. There are a lot of positive vibes around the team, so I might have to adjust my initial assessment.

The Pelicans might be better than I expected, but I still think this year will be like a rehearsal. The youngsters will have to find their rhythm and gel. There will be great games, but there will be inconsistent moments too.

That’s why I don’t see how the Pelicans will go over the 39-40 wins line offered by most bookmakers. The Western Conference is simply too strong.

Season Preview

The Pelicans were lucky enough to get Zion in the NBA draft and added a bunch of young players from the LA Lakers in exchange for Anthony Davis. They probably won’t be competitive right away, as the Western Conference is stacked, but the future of the franchise is certainly bright.

We expect to see some flashes of brilliance in 2019-20, but the average age of the main players of the New Orleans Pelicans suggests that this team won’t have the consistency to fight for the playoffs.

New Orleans Pelicans News and Updates

January 3rd, by Michael Wynn

The good news is that on January 2nd, Zion Williamson was able to log his first full practice since undergoing surgery on his right knee 10 days before Halloween. While the face of the organization is eager to get on the court for a game, it’s more than possible we don’t see him in action until next season.

Previous News and Updates

October 8, by Jerry Summer

Most of the Pelicans look happy and the fans are excited for the new NBA campaign. The first game of the preseason saw the team crush the Atlanta Hawks, with Jrue Holiday, Zion, and Brandon Ingram all showing their offensive potential.

It’s early days, but this is a team that will be strong real soon. Maybe not in 2019-20, but the Pelicans will be a force in the near future.

July 1, by Jerry Summer

One of the biggest trades in the NBA offseason will involve the New Orleans Pelicans. The team will send its estranged superstar Anthony Davis to the LA Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks.

Not a bad return for a player with only a year left on his contract and another giant step towards the future. With this deal and Zion’s arrival, the Pelicans will most likely become one of the most powerful teams in the West in the near future.

On the negative side, Julius Randle is a free agent this summer, and he won’t resign with the franchise. The power forward has been excellent in the past two seasons and has the potential to become a true star himself, but there was no way for the Pelicans to keep hold of him.

June 21, by Jerry Summer

The New Orleans Pelicans have confirmed the expectations of pretty much everyone and used their number-one draft pick to acquire Zion Williamson. The forward is one of the most hyped college players ever and has the potential to become a superstar.

With Anthony Davis basically gone, it’s obvious that Zion will be the face of the franchise in the future. The big question is if the team will manage to give enough help to compete for the ultimate prize.

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The New Orleans Pelicans in 2019-20

New Orleans Pelicans Roster in 2019-20

Before jumping to any of the New Orleans Pelicans betting opportunities, it would be wise to get familiar with the roster for the 2019-20 NBA season. Here’s how it looks after so many changes.

  • Jrue Holiday – Guard
  • Lonzo Ball – Guard
  • Frank Jackson – Guard
  • Alexander-Walker – Guard
  • Marcos Louzada Silva – Guard
  • Aubrey Dawkins – Guard
  • Josh Hart – Guard
  • E’Twaun Moore – Guard
  • Brandon Ingram – Forward
  • J.J. Redick – Forward
  • Darius Miller – Forward
  • Zion Williamson – Forward
  • Derrick Favors – Forward
  • Jaxson Hayes – Forward
  • Kenrich Williams – Forward
  • Javon Bess – Forward
  • Zylan Cheatham – Forward
  • Nicolo Melli – Forward
  • Trevon Bluiett – Forward
  • Jahlil Okafor – Center

Projected Starting Lineup

Let’s start the analysis of the 2019-20 New Orleans Pelicans roster with the projected lineup, which will most likely look like this.

  • Lonzo Ball – Point Guard
  • Jrue Holiday – Shooting Guard
  • Brandon Ingram – Small Forward
  • Zion Williamson – Power Forward
  • Derrick Favors – Center

We expect to see Lonzo Ball as the starting point guard of the team. Despite his shooting issues, the guy is an excellent defender and passer that can provide a lot of value to the Pelicans. He will create a lot of opportunities for the rest of the lineup.

His potential backcourt partnership with Jrue Holiday looks exciting, as the more experienced player will provide outside shooting and is also a strong defender. They will be able to limit some of the best guards in the league.

It will be interesting to see how the young forwards will cope. Brandon Ingram showed flashes of his offensive potential with the Lakers, while Zion doesn’t need an introduction. Both have a lot of work ahead of them but should be productive in the season ahead too.

The final piece in the lineup is Derrick Favors, who’s a decent threat under the rim on the offense but will most likely struggle on the defensive end. However, most teams nowadays attack from the perimeter, where Ball and Holiday should be keeping them tight.

Depth and Bench

The New Orleans Pelicans bench is an interesting mix between youth and experience. The veteran J.J. Reddick will be one of the main offensive threats from downtown, alongside young point guard Josh Hart. Another guy that should get enough minutes is E’Twaun Moore, who’s a solid scorer.

The main issue we currently see is that the Pelicans bench doesn’t include many good defenders. Most of the guys that will play for the second unit will struggle on that end.

New Orleans Pelicans Staff in 2019-20

It’s time to move on to the New Orleans Pelicans staff for the upcoming season, as these are the people that will be making the important decisions off the court.

  • Head Coach: Alvin Gentry
  • Coaching Staff: Darren Erman (Associate Head Coach), Chris Finch (Asst. Coach), Kevin Hanson (Asst. Coach), Fred Vinson (Asst. Coach), Mike Penberthy (Asst. Coach), Joe Boylan (Asst. Coach)
  • Ownership: Gayle Benson
  • General Manager: Trajan Langdon

The main man here will once again be Alvin Gentry, who’s been the head coach of the Pelicans since 2015. He has a ton of experience across the NBA and a solid team of assistants. While Gentry didn’t manage to build a team around Anthony Davis, he never had enough support from the general manager.

This is the reason why the Pelicans replaced Dell Demps with Trajan Langdon; they’re hoping that the new GM will manage to build around Zion. Considering the trade with the Lakers in the summer of 2019, the franchise currently has a solid foundation for the future.

New Orleans Pelicans Schedule in 2019-20

You should always consider the schedule when betting on the NBA, and the New Orleans Pelicans’ games are not an exception. Sometimes, the teams have a tough streak of games that leads to a lot of fatigue, while they are well rested in other parts of the season. We will make sure to highlight the toughest spots of the Pelicans campaign once the schedule of the 2019-20 NBA season is released.

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New Orleans Pelicans Overview and Key Info

The Pelicans have a somewhat complicated backstory. While they initially started as the Charlotte Hornets and became the New Orleans Hornets in 2002, their history remains in Charlotte and now belongs to the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets organization.

The New Orleans Pelicans franchise history then officially started in 2002.

In 16 seasons, the New Orleans team has made seven playoff appearances and won the Western Division title in 2008. They had their best year in 2007-08, finishing with a 56-26 record for a .683 winning percentage. The Pelicans have yet to win an NBA championship and have not earned a trip to the finals either.

In 2015, Alvin Gentry was hired as the sixth head coach in the New Orleans franchise history. Gentry led the Pelicans to the conference semifinals in 2018.

New Orleans Pelicans – Key Info
Established
2002
Current Team Location
In New Orleans, Louisiana, since 2002
Division
Western Conference – Southwest
Arena
Smoothie King Center
G League Team
Erie BayHawks
Website
www.nba.com/pelicans
Team Value (Forbes 2018)
$1 billion

New Orleans Pelicans History

While you could argue that the New Orleans Pelicans franchise began in 1988 as the Charlotte Hornets, the NBA recognizes the New Orleans team with stats that start in 2002.

Relocation

George Shinn was the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and relocated the team to New Orleans. However, Charlotte wasn’t ready to lose their NBA team, so the Charlotte Bobcats were established in 2004 as a replacement.

In a deal with the league, the Bobcats reclaimed the history of the Charlotte Hornets that started in 1988. After the New Orleans Hornets were renamed the Pelicans, the Bobcats then changed their name to the Charlotte Hornets.

So, Charlotte’s NBA history remains in Charlotte, and New Orleans’ began in 2002.

First Years in Louisiana

Paul Silas was the first head coach of the New Orleans Hornets in 2002-03. In the first two seasons, the Hornets recorded winning records and made it to the first round of the playoffs.

From 2005 through 2007, the team had a slight name change that accompanied a temporary relocation to Oklahoma City.

Hurricane Katrina

The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets played in Oklahoma while the Hornets’ home venue, the New Orleans Arena, was being repaired. The site had served as a shelter during Hurricane Katrina, housing the medical staff and supplies. But the New Orleans Arena (now Smoothie King Center) had also suffered damage. Rookie of the Year Chris Paul also began his first of six seasons with the Hornets in their temporary Oklahoma City home.

The Hornets were back in 2007, just in time for their first (and only) division title to date. New head coach Byron Scott led the team to a 56-26 record and was named Coach of the Year.

From Hornets to Pelicans

In 2013, the Pelicans were born. The New Orleans Hornets became the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Hornets name returned to Charlotte.

Throughout New Orleans’ 11 years as the Hornets and first five as the Pelicans, the team has made seven playoff appearances but has yet to win a championship or make a finals appearance.

Top scoring leaders for the Hornets/Pelicans include Anthony Davis, David West, Chris Paul, Jrue Holiday, and Ryan Anderson. Peja Stojakovic, Ryan Anderson, and Eric Gordon are at the top of the list for three-pointers. Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, and Jrue Holiday are the steals leaders, and Anthony Davis, David West, and Emeka Okafor lead New Orleans in career blocks.

Championships and Playoffs

  • 0 NBA Championships:
  • 0 Conference Titles:
  • 1 Division Title: 2008

Home Court – Smoothie King Center

  • Inaugurated: 1999
  • Renovated: 2013
  • Capacity: 16,867
  • Former Names: New Orleans Arena

The Pelicans are neighbors of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints as the Smoothie King Center is located next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans Business District.

The center, formerly known as New Orleans Arena, was initially used for the New Orleans Brass, an ECHL hockey team, for their last three seasons in the city. In 2002, the newly relocated Hornets team moved in and played their first game in October.

Smoothie King Center was part of Hurricane Katrina’s shelter operations in August of 2005. While residents were ushered to the Superdome, medical services were moved into the arena. The Hornets were temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City and returned home in March 2006 to play in front of a sellout crowd.

In 2013, Smoothie King Center renovated and expanded its Suite and Club Levels. The arena also received modified concessions and replaced LED boards to provide a better experience for both the fans of the Pelicans and attendees of other events like concerts, MMA, boxing, and more.

  • Venue Address: 1501 Dave Dixon Dr, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Mailing Address: New Orleans Pelicans, 5800 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70003
  • Phone: 504-593-4700

New Orleans Pelicans Head Coaches

There have been six head coaches in the history of the New Orleans Pelicans franchise. Five coached for the team known as the New Orleans Hornets. Monty Williams crossed over to coach for both the Hornets and the newly renamed Pelicans.

Paul Silas was the franchise’s inaugural coach for one season from 2002-03. Silas was with the previous Charlotte Hornets team and recorded winning records for four seasons in Charlotte. In his one year with the New Orleans team, he compiled the best stats of any Pelicans coach to date with a 47-35 win-loss for a .573 winning percentage. The New Orleans Hornets went 4-2 in the 2003 playoffs.

Coach of the Year

One coach has received the NBA Coach of the Year award, and that’s Byron Scott. Scott is the only coach to date to have led the team to a division title. In 2008, New Orleans finished with a 56-26 regular-season record but lost to the Spurs in the conference semifinals.

New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans Head Coaches
#YearsNameW-L%Playoffs%Championships
62015 – Alvin Gentry145-183.4425-4.556
5b*2013-15Monty Williams79-85.4820-4.000
5a*2010-13Monty Williams94-136.4092-4.333
42009-10Jeff Bower34-39.466X-X
32004-09Byron Scott203-216.4848-9.471
22003-04Tim Floyd41-41.5003-4.429
12002-03Paul Silas47-35.5732-4.333

*Monty Williams’ record is split into his tenures with the New Orleans Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Alvin Gentry

Alvin Gentry is a veteran coach whose first NBA job was as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s held associate head coaching positions with the Clippers and Warriors. Additionally, Gentry was previously the head coach for the Suns, Clippers, Pistons, and Heat.

Gentry earned an NBA championship as associate head coach with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He signed on with the Pelicans after that season and, as of the completion of the 2018-19 season, Alvin has compiled a 145-183 regular season and 5-4 playoffs record.

New Orleans Pelicans Last Five Seasons

SeasonCoachFinishW-L%PlayoffsPoints Leader (avg/game)
2018-19Alvin Gentry4th 33-49.402Anthony Davis (25.9)
2017-18Alvin Gentry2nd 48-34.585Lost Conf. FinalsAnthony Davis (28.1)
2016-17Alvin Gentry4th34-48.415Anthony Davis (28.0)
2015-16Alvin Gentry5th 30-52.366Anthony Davis (24.3)
2014-15Monty Williams5th 45-37.549Lost First RoundAnthony Davis (24.4)

New Orleans Pelicans All-Time Career Leaders

CategoryNameStatsYears
PointsAnthony Davis11,0592012-2019
Average Pts/GameDeMarcus Cousins24.982016-2018
AssistsChris Paul4,2282005-2011
ReboundsAnthony Davis4,9062012-2019

Anthony Davis

Before Anthony Davis ever played his first NBA game, he compiled a long list of accolades during his 2011-12 season with the Wildcats at the University of Kentucky. The power forward/center was 2012’s National Player of the Year, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, SEC Player of the Year, and Consensus First-Team All-American, just to name a few.

Davis was the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, selected by the New Orleans Hornets. He was named NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2013 and then received his first of five consecutive All-Star selections in 2014 and was voted as the game’s MVP in 2017. He’s a three-time blocks leader for the league as well as three-time All-NBA First Team. Davis is New Orleans’ all-time career scoring leader with 11,059 points.

He’s been the Pelicans’ lead scorer every season since he started in the NBA and is second to DeMarcus Cousins for highest average points per game with 23.7.

After the franchise failed to find enough help for Davis, the star demanded a trade and became part of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2019.

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins played for the Kentucky Wildcats two seasons before Anthony Davis. He was First-Team All-SEC, SEC All-Rookie Team, and SEC Rookie of the Year in 2010. Cousins was the Sacramento Kings’ first-round (fifth overall) selection in the 2010 draft and was named NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2011 with the Kings.

In February of 2017, Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and jumped to the top spot on the franchise leaderboard for average points per game with 24.98. DeMarcus also received his third of four NBA All-Star selections in 2017. The NBA center signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2018 and then with the Lakers in 2019.

Chris Paul

In 2005, the New Orleans Hornets selected Chris Paul as their first-round, fourth overall pick in the NBA Draft. Paul had played for two seasons with the Demon Deacons at Wake Forest and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 2004 and Consensus First-Team All-American and First-Team All-ACC in 2005.

The point guard spent the first six seasons of his NBA career with the Hornets from 2005-2011. Chris is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year for 2006, also named All-Rookie First Team. He’s the Pelicans’ career assists leader with 4,228 and was the NBA’s assists leader for four seasons spanning 2008-2015. Additionally, Chris was the league’s steals leader six times, is a nine-time All-Star, and was named All-Star Game MVP in 2013.

Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011, spending six seasons in LA before heading to the Houston Rockets in 2017. Chris Paul then signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019.

Pelicans Trivia

From 2005-07, the Hornets set up shop in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, formerly the Ford Center, while their home arena was being repaired after Hurricane Katrina.

Fan-named Pierre the Pelican is the New Orleans Pelicans mascot and was introduced in 2013 to coincide with the name change. Pierre replaced Hugo the Hornet who moved to Charlotte in 2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans would be based in Memphis, Tennessee, if the Vancouver Grizzlies hadn’t applied and been approved for relocation.

The only retired number by the Pelicans franchise is #7 for Pete Maravich. Pistol Pete was a member of the New Orleans Jazz team in the ‘70s.

Even though the Pelicans have had seven seasons above .500, they’ve only finished first in their division one time in 2008. They have also claimed a second-place spot just once, during the 2017-18 season.