Nuggets vs. Hornets - 1/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (19-27) at Denver Nuggets (19-28)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, ALT
The Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets square off Saturday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Charlotte Hornets are trying to remain in the playoff hunt by winning four of their last six games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 17.4 point and 8.2 rebounds while Gerald Henderson is averaging 10.5 points and 2.3 assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing seven rebounds and Gary Neal is shooting 35.8 percent from the field. The Charlotte Hornets continue to stink it up on the offensive end, as they’re shooting 38.8 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hornets have scored 95 or less points in four straight games. Marvin Williams is questionable for this game with a concussion.
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The Denver Nuggets have lost eight of their last nine games and play their first home game in six days. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 100.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 104 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 16.6 points and 10 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 15.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. Wilson Chandler is shooting 41.4 percent from the field and Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.9 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets have to get their offense going if they want to stop the losing habbits, as they’re shooting just 41.8 percent from the field in their last five games. Due to the Nuggets inconsistent defense on top of that, they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games when falling to top 100 points.
The Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 18-37-2 ATS in their last 57 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hornets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Denver.
I just can't back a Denver team that's going through another brutal stretch and can't put the ball in the hoop. The Hornets defense should keep them in this game and given themselves even a shot to win late.