Hornets vs. Rockets Prediction
Will the Houston Rockets cover the spread as a double-digit home favorite tonight when they host the Charlotte Hornets at 9:30 p.m. ET?
Who Oddsmakers Like: Houston. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rockets are 12.5-point home favorites versus the Hornets after opening as a 12.5-point favorite. The total, meanwhile, is sitting at 220 after hitting the board at 219.5.
Who Public Bettors Like: As of Wednesday morning, 74% of the betting tickets are on the Rockets but 75% of the money is on the Hornets.
Injury Report: Nicolas Batum is doubtful to play tonight for the Hornets due to an elbow injury while Cody Zeller is out with a knee injury. On the other side, Trevor Ariza (foot) is probable for the Rockets but Zhou Qi (calf) is questionable.
Who We Like: The home team is 11-5-1 against the spread in the last 17 meetings between these two teams while the favorite is 18-6-2 at the betting window in the last 26 meetings. The Hornets, meanwhile, are 4-9-1 against the spread in their last 14 games versus the Rockets and are 1-7-1 against the number in their last nine games in Houston.
On the other side, the Rockets are 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 games following an ATS loss, are 8-3 against the number in their last 11 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, and are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games versus Southeast opponents.
Even though this is a big number, I like the Rockets to cover as a double-digit home favorite tonight against the 10-16 Hornets who have struggled on the road this season.
NBA WEDNESDAY PREDICTION: HOUSTON ROCKETS -12.5