Check out our free Nuggets vs Hornets pick and preview for this NBA game in Charlotte. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Nuggets vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Denver Nuggets at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds CHA +9, DEN -430 | CHA +325 O/U OFF
So far, the Nuggets have put together an overall record of 38-18, while going 29-26-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
In their previous game, the Nuggets were favored to win vs the Magic. However, their 115-104 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Denver struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 10 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Aaron Gordon led the team in scoring with 37 points on a field goal percentage of 71.4%.
The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-42. So far, the team has gone 22-30-5 against the spread. Charlotte will take the court having lost 6 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -10.33 points per game.
In their previous game, the Hornets fell to the Celtics. However, going into the game, they were 11 point underdogs, resulting in an ATS push. In the loss, Charlotte got off to a slow start, trailing by 18 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Terry Rozier, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 45.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent game between the two teams, the Nuggets picked up a 119-115 win over the Hornets. However, heading into the game, Denver was favored to win by 9.0 points, giving the Hornets and ATS victory. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Similar to their season-long average, the Nuggets averaged 110.0 points per game vs the Hornets. Similar to the Nuggets, the Hornets scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Denver, the team averaged 112.0 points per game. Although the Hornets have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-2, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Denver, as they averaged 117 points per game while allowing 111. Denver and Charlotte averaged a combined 228 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Nuggets offense is rated 7th in the league in scoring, averaging 117.1 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.4 per contest. Even though they have preferred to slow the game down, the Denver offense is the 23rd ranked team in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Nuggets defense is ranked 14th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.41 points per game vs the unit.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jamal Murray who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.2 points per game. At the time of this article, Murray is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 72nd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Denver benefit from having both of their top scorers as Nikola Jokic leads the team and is 20th in the league in scoring (24.8). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 29th in points allowed to centers.
This season, the Charlotte offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 111.9 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. If the Charlotte offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 10th in fewest turnovers per game.
Against the Nuggets, the Hornets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 25th in points allowed.
Point-Guard Terry Rozier currently leads the Hornets at 21.8 points per game. For the season, he is 51st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 21.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Rozier is averaging 4.3 boards and 4.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 23rd ranked defense at defending point-guards. P.J. Washington enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 56 games, he is averaging 14.8 and is 256th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Nuggets vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +9
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF