The New Orleans Pelicans will try to extend their winning streak to three when they host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. After losing 10 straight games from Jan. 16 to Feb. 2, the Pelicans (28-27) have won back-to-back games over the Lakers and Kings, scoring a season-high 136 points in the latter. The Pelicans sit in ninth place in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Hawks (27-27) are closing out a five-game, nine-day road trip in which they have split the first four games.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. New Orleans is listed as a 2-point favorite in the latest Pelicans vs. Hawks odds from Caesars Sportsbook while the over/under for total points scored is 236.5. Before making any Hawks vs. Pelicans picks or NBA predictions, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Pelicans vs. Hawks spread: New Orleans -2
- Pelicans vs. Hawks over/under: 236.5 points
- Pelicans vs. Hawks money line: New Orleans -135, Atlanta +115
- NO: Herbert Jones is eighth in the league in steals (1.7 per game)
- ATL: Trae Young ranks third in the NBA in assists (9.9 per game)
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Why the Pelicans can cover
Swingman Trey Murphy III has been red-hot from behind the 3-point line. Over the last two games the second year player has made 10-of-17 3-pointers (58.2%) in wins over the Lakers and Kings. On Sunday against Sacramento, he scored a season-high 30 points thanks to 6-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. On the season he is shooting 40.2% on 3-point attempts.
In addition, New Orleans faces an Atlanta team that struggles shooting 3-pointers. The Hawks are shooting just 34.8% from behind the arc this season, which ranks 22nd in the league. (They shot 37.4% last season.) Just 33.3% of their shots come from 3-pointers, which is the worst percentage in the NBA.
Why the Hawks can cover
Young is having another excellent season as the two-time All-Star ranks third in the NBA in assists, averaging a career-high 9.9 per game. He also is 12th in the league in scoring (27.0 points per game). After missing the team's last game with a non-COVID illness, he's expected to play on Tuesday.
In addition, Dejounte Murray (questionable; headache) has been on fire during this road trip. In the last four games, Murray is averaging 25.5 points and 8.3 assists per game while shooting 44.8% on 3-pointers. In the first game of the trip, at Portland, he scored a career-high 40 points on 13-of-25 shooting. Atlanta also gets to face a New Orleans team still missing star Zion Williamson (hamstring).
How to make Pelicans vs. Hawks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, predicting a combined 239 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in 60% of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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