Basketball betting expectations remain low for the Hornets this year as their drop from 49 to 39 wins last year turned off many online basketball betting handicappers.
The New Orleans Hornets opened at Sports-Gambling as a +8000 selection to win the NBA title.
Last year New Orleans finished 37-45 straight up and with just 37 payouts against the spread. The Hornets finished dead last in the Southwest Division.
Guard Chris Paul’s status is of paramount concern to the future of the Hornets. There were concerns that he may be traded as Paul has stated that he wants out if the franchise will not build up a playoff contending roster.
Paul was the second leading scorer for New Orleans last season with 18.7 points per game while leading the team in assists with over 10 per game. Paul is one of just 2 players in NBA history to have a career average of 19 points and 10 assists per game.
Paul missed 37 games last year due to knee surgery and that was a major reason for the Hornets slippage from a playoff contender to an also ran. Paul’s health is a major factor in the Hornets pro basketball betting prospects.
The big acquisition for the Hornets this summer was 6 year pro Trevor Ariza, who averaged 14.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last year with the Houston Rockets. The UCLA star is coming off a career year and will start at either shooting guard or small forward.
If Ariza can become a basketball sports betting asset for the Hornets they may offer better than expected value and possibly emerge as a surprise contender.
New Orleans has also suffered from a delayed ownership transfer and that has stunted the development of the front office, where Dell Demps has taken over as the new general manager and Monty Williams will serve as first year head coach.
Demps was a part of the successful San Antonio franchise, one of the most respected in all of basketball betting.
Paul was the 2008 runner up for NBA Most Valuable Player and if he can stay motivated and if the supporting cast steps up their game the Hornets may rate a shot to get back over .500.