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Thunder vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder at Charlotte Hornets
  • Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds OKC -1.0, OKC -102 | CHA -119 O/U OFF

So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 15-19, while going 21-13-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.

The Thunder will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Spurs by a score of 130-114. Heading into the game, they were 7 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Oklahoma City was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Spurs to cut into their 10 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 64.3% of his shots.

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The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 9-26. So far, the team has gone 15-17-3 against the spread. The Hornets head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -8.0.

The Hornets are coming off a game in which they lost to the Warriors by a score of 110-105. However, because they were the 5 point underdogs, they finished with an ATS push. In the loss, Charlotte got off to a slow start, trailing by 13 points going into halftime. In the loss, LaMelo Ball led the team in scoring with 21 points on a field goal percentage of 28.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In their 2 wins over the Thunder, the Hornets won by scores of 121-98 and 116-98. Similar to their season-long average, the Thunder averaged 107.0 points per game vs the Hornets. On the other side, Charlotte saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Thunder, as they averaged 127.5 points per game in these matchups. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Hornets have an average scoring margin of +10 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. Over the course of these games, they averaged 220 points per game, leading a 2-3 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Oklahoma City offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 7th ranked offense at 115.8 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Thunder will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.6 made 3’s per game. If the Oklahoma City offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.9 turnovers per game.

Against the Hornets, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.

Point-Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander currently leads the Thunder at 31.5 points per game. For the season, he is 7th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 4.9 boards and 5.8 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 23rd ranked defense at defending point-guards. Luguentz Dort enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 33 games, he is averaging 13.6 and is 305th in the league in player efficiency rating.

For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 111.2 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 101.7 possessions per game.

On defense, the Hornets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 25th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

The Thunder defense will need to focus on stopping Terry Rozier, who is likely to take on a larger offensive role for the Hornets in this game. In his 25 games played this season, Rozier has averaged 20.3 points per game and hit 39.2% of his field goal attempts. With the team’s leading scorer, Kelly Oubre Jr., doubtful for this game, Rozier is the top candidate to lead the team in scoring. He is 47th in the league in usage rate this season. He will be facing a Oklahoma City defense that has struggled against point-guards, allowing the 10th most points to players at that position.

Thunder vs Hornets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Thunder -1.0
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF

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