Rockets vs. Hornets Prediction
The Rockets are heading into a buzzsaw tonight in Charlotte where they'll take on the red-hot Hornets at 7:00PM ET.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Hornets are 5-point home favorites versus the Rockets after they opened as a 4.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number opened at 215.5 but has been bet down to 214.
Houston has won six of its last 10 games and is also 6-4 against the spread over that same stretch, but Charlotte is 8-2 straight up and 7-3 against the spread over its last 10 contests. The Hornets have also won six games in a row and they've won 14 of their last 17 to emerge as one of the hottest teams in the league.
The Rockets have been great defensively of late but they suddenly can't shoot. Over their last five games they're third in defensive rating but just 21st in offensive rating. They're 4-1 over that stretch but James Harden, Dwight Howard and Corey Brewer can't keep the team scoring at an efficient rate.
The Hornets have covered in five of their last six home games and are 7-0 against the number in their last seven games coming off a straight up win of more than 10 points. The home team is also 6-1-1 against the number in the last eight meetings between these two teams while the favorite is 15-4-2 ATS in the last 21 meetings.
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