Spurs vs. Hornets Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hornets are a 1.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is 203 points.
San Antonio comes in with an 11-7 record and 9-9 ATS after a 107-90 loss at the Pelicans. Charlotte is 8-9 and 8-8-1 ATS following a 100-99 loss at the Cavaliers Friday night. The Spurs won the first game in the season series by a count of 108-101 on their home floor on Nov. 3. San Antonio is 3-0 straight up and 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings since the start of last season. The over has gone 2-1.
In the loss at New Orleans, Rudy Gay led the way with 19 points off the bench. Pau Gasol contributed 17 points and nine rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and four rebounds. The Spurs were outscored 68-30 in the second and third quarters combined.
Dwight Howard paced the Hornets in the loss at Cleveland with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Marvin Williams contributed 17 points and eight boards. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and five rebounds. Charlotte was outscored 46-42 in the second half.
San Antonio is 2-5-1 in its last eight meetings in Charlotte. The under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Charlotte.
A crazy stat to absorb is that Kemba Walker has yet to beat a team with an active LeBron James in 21 chances in his NBA career. One night later, Walker and the Hornets get a chance to take down the Spurs. But it won't be easy on a back-to-back with travel. The Spurs will be up for this game coming off a loss. Look for a big night from Aldridge and a Spurs victory.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: SAN ANTONIO SPURS +1.5