Suns vs. Hornets - 11/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (3-5) at Phoenix Suns (5-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -4.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, FSAZ
The Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns play Friday night at the US Airways Center.
The Charlotte Hornets are still looking for their first road win of the season and look to snap a two-game skid. The Hornets struggling offense needs to get going if they hope to get back in the win column, as they’re averaging just 96.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Al Jefferson leads the Hornets with 22.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Kemba Walker is scoring 15.5 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Lance Stephenson, who was brought to Charlotte to be an offensive spark, is just 8-22 from the field in his last two games. Lance has to get going if Charlotte is going to be the surprise team in the East most expected they’d be. The Hornets are 1-4 this season when scoring less than 100 points. Defensively, the Charlotte Hornets are allowing 98.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting.
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The Phoenix Suns have won three of their last five games and are getting the job done with quality offense. The Suns are averaging 104.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the field. The Phoenix Suns have won seven of their last nine games when scoring 100 or more points. Isaiah Thomas leads the Suns with 17.4 points and 4.1 assists, while Markieff Morris is scoring 15.1 points and snagging 6.4 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is shooting 40 percent from downtown and P.J. Tucker is grabbing over six rebounds in less than 28 minutes of play. Defense is what i hurting the Phoenix Suns, as they’re allowing 103.4 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Overall, as long as the Suns to continue to shoot at a high percentage, they’re going to be a tough team to beat.
The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Suns are 39-16-1 ATS in their last 56 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
This game comes down to the Hornets solid defense against the Suns above-average offense. With the Suns at home and getting quality looks, I'm going to back Phoenix and the small chalk.