After starting the 2021-22 season with just four wins in their first 20 games, the New Orleans Pelicans played their way into the playoffs and pushed a 64-win Phoenix Suns team to a six-game series. Oh, and New Orleans did all that without the services of All-Star Zion Williamson who missed the entire season with a foot injury.
The Pelicans have since signed Williamson to a five-year rookie max extension and there are now expectations for this team to deliver heading into this season.
How are the top online sportsbooks viewing the Pels? Let’s look at some Pelicans futures bets for the 2022-2023 season.
New Orleans Pelicans 2022-23 Win Total
|Pelicans win total||Over 44.5 (-140)|
Under 44.5 (+115)
|Over 45.5 (-125)|
Under 45.5 (-105)
|Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
The Pelicans finished with a 36-46 record last year and haven’t had a winning season since 2017. With Williamson returning to the lineup and a full offseason for CJ McCollum to work with the team, sportsbooks are setting the Pelicans win total with a near 10-game improvement from last season.
New Orleans Pelicans Postseason Odds
Odds to Make the Playoffs
|Pelicans Playoff Odds||Yes (-165)|
We have more odds disparity here with the Pelicans playoff odds. If you want to bet on the Pels to make the playoffs, DraftKings has the best price at -165. If you think weak defense and questionable shooting keep New Orleans out of the postseason, FanDuel is the place to go at +164.
Odds to Win the Southwest Division
|Pelicans Division Odds||+400||+300||+350|
The Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks are the front runners for the Southwest division with the Pelicans trailing behind with the third-longest odds. DraftKings has the best odds for New Orleans to take down the division.
Odds to Win the Western Conference
|Pelicans Conference Odds||+2000||+1800||+2400|
Across each sportsbook, the Pels have the ninth-longest odds to win the Western Conference, always behind the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Odds to Win the NBA Finals
|Pelicans NBA Finals Odds||+3500||+3000||+5500|
FanDuel is the clear-cut choice for fans who want to place a futures bet on the Pelicans to win the 2022-23 NBA Finals. A $100 bet carries a potential payout of $5,500 at FanDuel, which is $2,000 more than DraftKings and $2,500 more than Caesars.
New Orleans Player Futures
In addition to team-level futures, you can also wager on players end of season statistics and awards. Here, we’ll look at the Pelicans players with the shortest odds in each category on BetMGM Sportsbook.
- Points per game – Zion Williamson +1400 (eighth-shortest odds)
- Rebounds per game – Jonas Valančiūnas +3000 (seventh-shortest odds)
- Steals per game – Herbert Jones +700 (third-shortest odds)
- Most Improved Player of the Year – Zion Williamson +1400 (tied third-shortest odds)
- Coach of the Year – Willie Green +1400 (tied sixth-shortest odds)
- Regular Season MVP – Zion Williamson +2500 (tied ninth-shortest odds)
- Rookie of the Year – Dyson Daniels +4000 (11th-shortest odds)
- Defensive Player of the Year – Herbert Jones +5000 (20th-shortest odds)
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