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Hornets vs Rockets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets
  • Where: Houston at Toyota Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18th
  • Betting Odds HOU +2, CHA -134 | HOU +110 O/U OFF

The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-34. So far, the team has gone 17-24-4 against the spread. Over the Hornets current 5 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -11.0 points per game.

Not only did the Hornets drop their last game to the Celtics. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 130-118 as 8 point underdogs. Charlotte struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 11 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Jalen McDaniels led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.

So far, the Rockets have put together an overall record of 10-34, while going 16-26-2 vs the spread. Today, the Rockets will be looking to snap a 11 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -15.82 points per contest.

Houston is trying to bounce back from a 140-132 loss to the Lakers. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Houston got off to a slow start, trailing by 12 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Alperen Sengün, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 82.4% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Going back to last season, the Hornets and Rockets split their season series, with each team picking up a win at home. The average point total across the two games was 279.0 points. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Hornets averaged 133.0 points per game vs Houston, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Rockets also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 122.5 points per game vs Charlotte. The Hornets have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 16 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 230 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

This season, the Charlotte offense is ranked 23rd in the NBA in scoring at 112.2 points per game. So far, Charlotte is averaging 101.4 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Hornets are 15th in fields goals made per contest.

Defensively, Charlotte has had its problems giving up an average of 114.89 points per game (25th).

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Hornets 2nd leading scorer, Kelly Oubre Jr.. In his 35 games, Oubre Jr. is averaging 20.2 points per game while dishing out 1.2 assists and grabbing 5.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Terry Rozier, who leads the team and is 49th in the NBA at 20.8 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 41.2% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.6% of the team’s shots from the floor.

The Rockets come into today’s game as the 28th ranked scoring offense at 109.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 11th, with an average of 19.2 made free-throws per game.

Currently, the Rockets defense is ranked 30th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 118.2 points per game vs the unit.

Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Kevin Porter Jr. who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 19.2 points per game. At the time of this article, Porter Jr. is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 148th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Houston benefit from having both of their top scorers as Jalen Green leads the team and is 38th in the league in scoring (21.5). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 15th in points allowed to shooting guards.

Hornets vs Rockets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Hornets -2.0
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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