Betting On The New Orleans Pelicans In Louisiana

Louisiana launched sports betting in Oct. 2021. Bayou bettors can now place their wagers in person at a retail casino or from the comfort of their own homes on their mobile devices. Sports betting is becoming increasingly popular in the Pelican State, and one of the most popular teams to bet on is the New Orleans Pelicans.

As one of Louisiana’s two major sports franchises, it’s worth learning more about the betting landscape surrounding the Pelicans. Let’s take a closer look at betting on the Pelicans in Louisiana:

Where Can You Find NBA Pelicans Betting Odds in Louisiana?

At full capacity, Louisiana could have up to 41 online sportsbooks and 20 retail sportsbooks make their way to the Bayou. A plethora of sportsbooks have already launched, giving sports fans plenty of platforms to choose from. Regulated and licensed online Louisiana sportsbooks include DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, BetRivers, FanDuel, 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 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. Ten of them currently offer sports betting. This gives bettors a chance to place a bet on the New Orleans Pelicans in person. Additional retail sportsbooks could be added in the coming months. 

New Orleans Pelicans Odds at the Best Sportsbooks

NBA and Pelicans odds can vary between sportsbooks, so it may be advantageous to download multiple sports betting apps. This way, you can see which platform is offering the best odds. 

As of Nov. 13, 2022, the Pelicans are +1500 to win the Western Conference, and +3600 to win the NBA Finals on FanDuel.

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 isn’t going to cut it. In NBA games, one team is usually favored over their opponent, and they’re 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’ll need the two teams to combine for at least 225 points to win your bet. If you bet on the under, then you’d 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’d need both teams to win their respective games in order to receive a payout.

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, rebounds, and assists. For example, bettors can bet on Zion Williamson to score over or under his listed total of 23.5 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. 

Another popular NBA futures bet is the total number of wins a team will have in a season. Last season, DraftKings listed the Pelicans’ win total at 39.5, and both the over and under were listed with -110 odds. The Pelicans ended the regular season with 36 wins, meaning the under cashed.

How to Bet on the New Orleans Pelicans in Louisiana

Louisiana sports betting is live, and sports fans can start placing wagers right from their 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 or older and within one of the approved parishes). It may also ask for information like your Social Security number and physical address. You won’t 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?

Bettors are able to place bets on the NBA Finals in Louisiana. 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?

Yes. Both online and retail sportsbooks in Louisiana offer bets on the New Orleans Pelicans. These include bets on the moneyline, points spread, game totals, team futures, player props, as well as parlays. Louisiana basketball fans can also bet on all NBA games not involving the Pelicans.

How popular is betting on the New Orleans Pelicans? 

The New Orleans Pelicans went 36-46 last season and were a part of the play-in tournament in the Western Conference. Looking to build off last season’s success, there’s a renewed sense of optimism heading into the 2022-23 season. The Pelicans will surely be a popular team to bet on in Louisiana during the upcoming NBA season.

Is FanDuel legal in Louisiana?

Yes. The FanDuel Sportsbook app is now available in Louisiana. As one of the most popular sportsbooks in the country, FanDuel has one of the best mobile apps in the industry. 

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

No. There aren’t currently any partnerships between the New Orleans Pelicans and a sportsbook. Keep an eye out for any partnership announcements in the coming months. 

Does DraftKings offer New Orleans Pelicans betting odds?

Yes. DraftKings is one of the major sportsbooks that offers odds on the New Orleans Pelicans in Louisiana.

About the Author

Connor Grootenhuis

Connor Grootenhuis is a Content Manager and 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.