Rockets vs. Hornets Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Rockets are a 3-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is 211 points.
Houston comes in with a 4-1 record after a 105-104 victory at the 76ers. Charlotte is 2-2 following a 110-93 home win against the Nuggets. The Rockets went 2-0 straight up and 1-1 ATS in two meetings last season. The over-under also went 1-1.
In the Rockets' win at Philadelphia, Eric Gordon won it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. He finished with 29 points, five assists and four rebounds. James Harden had 27 points and 13 assists. Clint Capela contributed 16 points and 20 rebounds. Ryan Anderson added 14 points.
Charlotte was led by Frank Kaminsky versus Denver as he scored 20 off the bench. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Kemba Walker chipped in with 19 points and five assists, while Jeremy Lamb had 16 points and five dimes. After leading 27-23 after one quarter of play, the Hornets took full control by outscoring the Nuggets 35-16 in the second.
The under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings. Charlotte is 0-4 ATS in its last four meetings with an opponent with a winning straight up record.
Houston willed itself to a win at Philly with the 3-pointer by Gordon and now faces a Hornets team that has a lot of pride with the way it plays defense. After Houston won both meetings last year, look for Charlotte to not allow the Rockets to sneak out with a victory like they did a couple nights ago.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE HORNETS +3