In this battle between two teams sitting within the playoff places of their respective conference, the Charlotte Hornets (28-32), who have won only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the Houston Rockets (35-25), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-27-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets +4.5
Charlotte Hornets have a 28-32 record (29-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 8th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Warriors with a 110-121 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.1 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.
Houston Rockets have a 35-25 record (27-32-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Hawks with a 119-111 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by James Harden with 36.3 ppg, adding 6.6 boards and 7.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Clint Capela with 17.1 ppg and a team high 12.5 boards per game.
Rockets won both meetings against the Hornets last season (at home by 12 points and on the road by 16). Hornets have a 20-11 home record, while the Rockets are 14-16 on the road. Rockets are better both offensively, scoring 113.2 ppg to Hornets’ 111 and defensively, allowing 111.1 ppg to Hornets’ 111.5. Both teams have almost identical percentages both in field goals (44.9% to 44.6%) and in 3-pointers (34.8% to 34.6%). Hornets are better in dimes made (23.1 to 20.8), in turnovers committed (12 to 13) and in boards grabbed (44.4 to 41.6). Vegas odds give the Rockets a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a struggling lately Hornets team.
Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Houston Rockets -4.5 (-109)
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