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Rockets vs. Hornets - 12/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (10-22) at Houston Rockets (21-9)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Toyota Center)

The Line: Houston Rockets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, CSN Houston

The Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets play Wednesday night at the Toyota Center.

The Charlotte Hornets just can’t get going after losing seven of their last 11 games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting and are allowing 100.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 17.7 points and 5.6 assists while Gary Neal is averaging 11 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Gerald Henderson is shooting 47 percent from the field. The Charlotte Hornets continue to stink it up offensively, as they’re shooting just 40.7 percent from the field in their last five games. The Hornets defense also hasn’t lived up to the hype, which is why the team is where it’s at and even has a poor 7-11 record at home. Al Jefferson is doubtful for this game with a groin injury.

Rockets vs. Hornets - 12/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Rockets have split their last 10 games and hope to snap a two-game skid. On the season, the Rockets are averaging 101 points on 43 percent shooting and are allowing 97.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 27.4 points and 6.9 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is shooting 36.2 percent from the field and Patrick Beverley has grabbed 5.2 rebounds. The Houston Rockets continue to rely on their offense to win games, as they’re shooting 36 percent from deep in their last five games and are taking 34 long shots on the season. However, defense has also played its part this season as the Rockets have won seven of their last eight games when allowing less than 100 points.

The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest. The Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Hornets are 0-5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston and 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall. 

Houston hasn't been hitting its shots from the outside lately, which is why I think Charlotte can keep this game close. Give me the Hornets and the points. 

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Hornets +12

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