How To Bet On The New Orleans Pelicans

Louisiana is aiming to launch sports betting in the fall of 2021. This means betting on the New Orleans Pelicans will soon be available. The projected launch is right in the middle of the NBA schedule and will give bettors the opportunity to learn New Orleans Pelicans betting odds for the 2021-22 season.

The New Orleans Pelicans narrowly missed out on the playoffs in the 2020-21 season, but hopes are high for the upcoming season, which begins on Oct. 19. On July 22, the Pelicans named Willie Green as their new head coach. Green won two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach from 2016-19. He most recently was a member of the Phoenix Suns coaching staff from 2019-21. The Suns reached the NBA Finals last season.

Where Can You Find NBA Pelicans Betting Odds In Louisiana?

There is a possibility that up to 41 online sportsbooks and 20 retail sportsbooks come to Louisiana.  This means that bettors will have plenty of options for where to bet.  Regulated and licensed online sportsbooks include FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, and more. Bets can be placed on the Pelicans using all of those platforms.  

Online Sportsbooks In Louisiana

Mobile betting apps offer sports fans a convenient way to bet on the Pelicans from the comfort of their own home, at the local sports bar, or at Smoothie King Arena. Bettors must be 21-years-old or older and within one of the 55 approved parishes in order to place an online bet. Many online sportsbooks also offer promotions when new bettors create an account, so be on the lookout for any bonus offers to increase your bankroll.

Retail Sportsbooks In Louisiana

Online betting apps provide convenience for bettors, but going to a casino and placing a bet in person can also be an exciting way to get in on the action. Louisiana currently has over 20 casinos scattered throughout the state. It is expected that a number of retail sportsbooks will be added to these locations in the coming months. This will give bettors a chance to place a bet on the New Orleans Pelicans in person. 

The first retail sportsbook to open was Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville on Oct. 6, 2021. 

New Orleans Pelicans Odds At The Best Sportsbooks

While betting is not yet live in the state, bettors can still keep an eye out on the odds. Odds can vary between sportsbooks. The chart below shows the odds currently listed for the Pelicans to win the NBA Championship on popular sportsbooks.

SportsbookPelicans Championship Odds
DraftKings+11,000
FanDuel+10,000
Caesars+10,000

What Kinds of Bets Can You Place On the New Orleans Pelicans?

There are many ways to bet on the New Orleans Pelicans. NBA games offer a variety of wagers, and bettors can pick which type of bet they prefer.  

Moneyline/Straight Bets

Moneyline bets or straight bets are when you simply pick who you think will win the game. Regardless of how close the game is, if you bet on the Pelicans to win and they do, then you win money. Simple as that.

Point Spread Bets

Things get a little more interesting with a point spread bet. In this case, sometimes just winning the game is not going to cut it. In NBA games, one team is usually favored over their opponent, and they are favored to win by a certain amount of points. For example, if the Pelicans are listed as favorites at -3.5, in order to win the bet, the Pelicans must not only win the game but win by at least four points. On the other hand, if the Pelicans are listed as underdogs at +3.5, they must either win the game or lose by three points or less. 

Game Totals

These types of bets refer to the total amount of points scored in the game.  You can place a bet on the number of points to either go over or stay under the listed total. For example, consider a game in which the Pelicans are playing against the Lakers and the total listed is 224.5. If you bet on the over, you will need the two teams to combine for at least 225 points to win your bet. If you bet on the under, then you would need the two teams to combine for 224 points or less to win. Many sportsbooks also offer totals for quarters and halves.  

Parlay Bets

Parlays are a fun way to potentially earn a bigger payout. In a parlay, bets include multiple picks on at least two different games. Parlays can be made on the moneyline, points spread, or game totals.  For example, if you put together a two-team moneyline parlay involving the Pelicans and the Suns, you would need both teams to win their respective games in order to receive a payout.

Some sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings now offer same-game parlays. This is when you can put multiple picks from a single game into a parlay. These types of bets also allow you to enter player props into your parlay.

Player Prop Bets

Player props focus on a single player in a game. In NBA games, sportsbooks usually offer prop bets relating to points, assists, and rebounds. For example, bettors can bet on Zion Williamson to score over or under his listed total of 21.5 points in a game.  

Futures Bets

A futures bet is different from placing a bet on a single game. A futures bet involves betting on a series or an award that will be decided in the future. Futures bets involving teams can include their chances to make the playoffs, win their respective conference, or win the NBA championship. Caesars currently lists the New Orleans Pelicans at +150 odds to make the playoffs, +5000 to win the Western Conference, and +11,000 to win the NBA Championship.  

Another popular NBA futures bet is the total number of wins a team will have in a season.  DraftKings currently lists the Pelicans’ win total at 39.5, and both the over and under are posted at -110 odds.

How To Bet On The New Orleans Pelicans In Louisiana

Once sports betting is live, you will be able to start placing your wagers right from your mobile phone. In order to sign up and start betting, follow these steps:

  • Find the online sportsbook app (such as FanDuel) in the App Store and download it to your mobile device.  
  • Register with the sportsbook providing basic information and verifying your age and location (bettors must be 21-years-old or older and within one of the approved parishes). It may also ask for information like your Social Security number and physical address. You will not need to be a Louisiana resident in order to wager with Louisiana sportsbooks.
  • Deposit your desired amount of funds into your account using a debit card, credit card, or e-wallet such as PayPal.
  • Place your bets on the Pelicans. Don’t forget to look for the promos.

New Orleans Pelicans Sports Betting FAQs

Where can I bet on the NBA Finals in Louisiana?

Once sports betting is live in Louisiana, bettors will be able to place bets on the NBA Finals. These bets can be placed using one of the online mobile sportsbook apps, or in-person at a retail sportsbook. If the Pelicans are competing for the championship, all the better!

Do Louisiana’s legal sportsbooks offer New Orleans Pelicans betting odds?

Once both online and retail sportsbooks go live in Louisiana, they will offer bets on the New Orleans Pelicans. These will include bets on the moneyline, points spread, game totals, team futures, player props, as well as parlays. 

How popular is betting on the New Orleans Pelicans? 

The New Orleans Pelicans went 31-41 last season. They covered the spread in 34 of those 72 games, or 47.2% of the time. With a new head coach and some of the most exciting young talent in the league, there is a renewed sense of optimism heading into this season. The Pelicans will surely be a popular team to bet on this season.

Is FanDuel legal in Louisiana?

FanDuel is not yet legal in Louisiana. As one of the most popular sportsbooks in the country, however, FanDuel is expected to be a big player in the Bayou State once sports betting is launched.  

Do the New Orleans Pelicans have any partnerships with a sportsbook?

No. There are not currently any partnerships between the New Orleans Pelicans and a sportsbook. Keep an eye out for any partnership announcements in the coming months as the launch date approaches.  

Does DraftKings offer New Orleans Pelicans betting odds?

It is expected that DraftKings will be one of the major sportsbooks that will offer odds on the New Orleans Pelicans once sports betting is launched in Louisiana.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a freelance sportswriter covering all things sports betting.  Based in the Bayou State of Louisiana, he is a lifelong sports fan and a believer that every loss is a bad beat and every win is easy money.