Hawks vs. Hornets Prediction
The Atlanta Hawks are laying 4.5-points as a road favorite on Saturday night in Charlotte where the Hornets will play host at 7:00 p.m. ET. Will Trae Young and Co. cover that number or are the Hornets the better bet as a home dog?
567 Atlanta Hawks (-4.5) at 568 Charlotte Hornets (+4.5); o/u 226
7:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 9, 2021
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Atlanta Hawks DFS Spin
According to Chris Kirchner and Sam Amick of The Athletic, Trae Young and John Collins have a growing disconnect that remains an "issue." Collins, who may still be frustrated by Atlanta's refusal to give him a max contract, reportedly called out Trae in Tuesday's film session for not getting the team into their offensive sets quick enough and to limit early shot-clock attempts. Collins also expressed a desire to be more involved in the offense, but it rubbed Trae the wrong way who strongly disagreed with Collins' stance. Trae's frustration carried over into Wednesday's loss in which he was noticeably off, going 2-of-9 from the field for seven points with little to no aggression. Collins did try to encourage Young during the game, but he was having none of it. The Hawks have lost three straight and their best players are feuding, so all eyes will be on them this Saturday against the Hornets.
Charlotte Hornets DFS Spin
Gordon Hayward kept his foot on the gas with 26 points (9-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and four triples in a 118-110 win over the Pelicans on Friday. Hayward was coming off a career-high 44-point performance and coach James Borrego has been preaching to Hayward to keep up the aggression. "I was proud of Gordy," Borrego said on Wednesday. "He understood we needed pressure taken off our offense tonight, and he took the pressure." Hayward is well on pace for his best season ever and has helped the Hornets stabilize with a 4-5 start to the campaign.
Hawks vs. Hornets Betting Prediction
The Hawks are 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 trips to Charlotte and are 1-3-1 against the number in their last five games versus the Hornets overall. Atlanta is also 0-4 against the spread in its last four games as a favorite and 2-7 against the number in its last nine road games when facing a team with a losing home record. The Hornets, meanwhile, are a perfect 6-0 against the spread in their last six home games as an underdog, are 11-2-1 against the number in their last 14 games as an underdog of any kind and have cashed in six of their last eight home games overall.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE HORNETS +4.5