Two squads sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Houston Rockets (41-25), looking to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (30-36), who on the other hand want to bounce back after their latest defeat.
Date/Time: 03-11-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Houston Rockets -9.5
Houston Rockets have a 41-25 record (30-34-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the West. They have eight consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Mavericks with a 94-93 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.3 ppg, adding 6.5 boards and 7.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 16.7 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
Charlotte Hornets have a 30-36 record (30-35-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 10th place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Bucks with a 114-131 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.2 boards and a team high 5.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Rockets won on the road with a 113-118 score. Rockets have a 23-9 home record, while the Hornets are 9-22 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 112.9 ppg to Hornets’ 110.8 and defensively, allowing 110.3 ppg to Hornets’ 111.7. Both teams have almost identical percentages both in field goals (45% to 44.7%) and in 3-pointers (35.2% to 34.8%). Hornets are better in dimes made (23.2 to 20.9), in turnovers committed (12.2 to 13) and in boards grabbed (44.2 to 41.5). Rockets are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Prediction: Houston Rockets -9.5 (-108)
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