Thunder vs. Hornets Pick
Can the Charlotte Hornets hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder when the two meet up tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hornets are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Thunder. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 208.5 points. OKC has won 10 straight meetings with Charlotte, while covering the spread in nine of the 10 victories.
The Thunder are coming off a 98-94 loss at Milwaukee on Monday to fall to 21-14 on the season. OKC is now 18-16-1 against the spread, failing to cover in two of their last three games, which were both on the road. OKC is putting up 106 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 104.4 points per contest. Russell Westbrook is putting up 30.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 10.5 assists per contest. Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.
Charlotte is coming off a 118-111 loss at Chicago on Monday. The Hornets are now 19-16 overall and 16-18-1 against the spread. Charlotte has failed to cover the spread in its last two. The Hornets are averaging 105.1 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing 103 points per contest. Kemba Walker is averaging 23 points and 5.4 assists per game to lead the Hornets. They will be without Cody Zeller, who is dealing with a concussion. He is averaging 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. Marco Belinelli is putting up 11 points per game, but he is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Hornets could be without some key pieces tonight, especially Zeller in the paint. He would be a good presence to have on defense against Westbrook, who attacks and attacks and attacks. Westbrook should be able to get the looks he wants now. If Belinelli is out, that is just one less scoring option for the Hornets to combat against Westbrook and the Thunder.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER +2