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Nets vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets
  • Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds CHA +7.5, BKN -334 | CHA +262 O/U OFF

The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-12. So far, the team has gone 17-17-1 against the spread. Across the Nets 10 game win streak, they have an average scoring margin of 8.8 points per game.

Brooklyn is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Hawks. Going into the game, they were 7 point favorites against the spread. Their 108-107 victory was not enough to cover. Brooklyn actually trailed the Hawks by 7 before putting themselves on top with a strong 3rd quarter performance. Going into the final period, the team led by 3. In the win, Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.

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The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 10-26. So far, the team has gone 16-17-3 against the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Charlotte has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-1-1 against the spread.

The Hornets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Thunder by a score of 121-113. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Charlotte went on to win the game, despite trailing by 3 going into halftime. In the win, LaMelo Ball led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 112.33 points per game vs the Hornets. Similar to the Nets, the Hornets scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Brooklyn, the team averaged 117.0 points per game. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Hornets hold the edge at 3-1-1. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 1 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 223 points per game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 35 games, the Nets are averaging 114.3 points per contest, placing them 15th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.0 per contest. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 8th in made field goals per game.

On defense, the Nets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 18th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

This season, the Nets offense has primarily worked through Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 34 games, Durant is 7th in the NBA at 29.9 points per game. So far, him and Irving have accounted for 46% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 56.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Kyrie Irving is grabbing 4.9 rebounds for Brooklyn to go along with 4.7 assists.

For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 111.4 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Charlotte is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.8 possessions per game.

Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.

P.J. Washington is expected to play a key role in Charlotte’s scoring efforts against the Brooklyn today, as Kelly Oubre Jr. is unavailable. Oubre Jr. is the team’s leading scorer this season with 20.2 points per game. Washington is 2nd in scoring for the team with 15.1 points per game, which ranks him 87.0th in the NBA. In his 35 games, he has hit 42.6% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game.

Nets vs Hornets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +7.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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