Rockets vs. Hornets Pick
Will the Rockets cover the point spread tonight as slight road favorites versus the Hornets at 7:00PM ET?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Hornets are 4-point home underdogs versus the Rockets after opening as a 3.5-point dog. As for the total, the number hit the board at 224.5 and has been bet down slightly to 224.
Houston enters playing having split its last 10 games and going 3-7 against the spread during that stretch. James Harden hit just 6-of-21 shots, 3-of-10 3-pointers and 10-of-14 free throws for 25 points, six rebounds, 13 assists and three steals in the Rockets' blowout win over the Magic on Tuesday.
Charlotte has dropped seven of 10 overall and is just 2-7-1 at the betting window over that span. That said, the Hornets are coming off a 111-107 win over the Nets two nights ago, which was their first win in eight games. Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and was 6-of-11 from the field in just 19 minutes of play in the victory Monday.
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OUR PREDICTION: The home team is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings between these two teams while the Rockets have failed to cover in five of their last seven trips to Charlotte. The Rockets are also winless at 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games and are 1-6 against the number in their last seven games against Eastern Conference opponents.
THURSDAY NBA PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE HORNETS +4