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Hawks vs. Hornets - 11/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (4-13) at Atlanta Hawks (8-6)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, TSOH

The Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks play Saturday night at the Philips Arena.

The Charlotte Hornets have lost eight straight games and are in danger of putting themselves in a deep hole. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 100.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Al Jefferson leads the Hornets with 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and Lance Stephenson is 7-19 from the field in his last two games. The Charlotte Hornets have no consistency offensively, as they’ve topped 100 points in just six of their 19 games. The Hornets have the defense to hang with just about any team in the league but the lack of offense is going to kill them until Stephenson and others get their act together and put more points on the board.

Hawks vs. Hornets - 11/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks have won three of their last four games and will play their third straight home game. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 104.3 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Jeff Teague leads the Hawks with 18.3 points and seven assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. Al Horford is averaging 14 points and Kyle Korver is 6-11 from downtown in his last two games. The Atlanta Hawks defense has to improve, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in five of their last seven games and 48.1 percent shooting in their last five games. However, the Hawks offense is at the top of the league and is coming off a game Friday where they shot 50 percent from the field.

The Hornets are 20-45 ATS in their last 65 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the favorite is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.

I don't like either of these teams, but I do like the idea of getting the better defensive team and free points. The Hornets are the pick here. 

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