Hornets vs. Suns - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (12-14) at Charlotte Hornets (6-18)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, TSOH
The Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Hornets play Wednesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Phoenix Suns have lost six straight games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Suns are averaging 104.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 103.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 15.5 points and 5.9 assists while Markieff Morris is averaging 15 points and 6.3 rebounds. Isaiah Thomas is shooting 42 percent from the field and P.J. Tucker is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns continue to take plays off defensively, allowing 107.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting in their last five games. The Suns have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing 100 or more points. The Suns have also lost five of their last six road games SU. Goran Dragic is questionable for this game with a back injury.
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The Charlotte Hornets have lost 13 of their last 15 games and are playing nothing like a team that wants to return to the playoffs. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 18.8 points and eight rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 41 percent from the field and Lance Stephenson is averaging 4.9 assists per game. The Charlotte Hornets continue to struggle offensively, shooting 29.9 percent from deep in their last five games and scoring less than 100 points in eight of their last 11 games. The only good thing going for the Hornets is that five of their six wins this season have come at home.
The Suns are 30-14-1 ATS in their last 45 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hornets are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Can the Hornets keep up with the Suns offensive firepower? I doubt it. The Suns are the better and hungrier team here and should cover the tiny number as long as the shots fall.