Hornets vs. Nuggets - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Denver Nuggets (12-15) at Charlotte Hornets (8-19)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -2 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, TSOH
The Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets square off Monday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Denver Nuggets have split their last six games and are hoping to get some consistency going. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 102.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 103.9 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 15.2 points and 10.7 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 15 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Wilson Chandler is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The Denver Nuggets main issue this season has been their lack of defense, but they’re allowing 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 27.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. If the Nuggets are going to climb back into the playoff race and string some wins together, it’s going to continue on the defensive side.
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The Charlotte Hornets have split their last eight games and are also looking for consistency. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and are allowing 100.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 16.4 points and 5.6 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 40.1 percent from the field and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets offense is starting to pick up the pace, as they’ve topped 100 points in three straight games and are shooting 38.9 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hornets can get back in the playoff race with a few more victories starting with this matchup. Lance Stephenson is likely out with a groin injury.
The Nuggets are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Hornets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Both teams are searching for three-game win streaks, but I trust the defensive ability of Charlotte a lot more than anything the Nuggets do in this matchup. When you add the small chalk and the home crowd, the Hornets are the pick here.