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Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (28-41) at Charlotte Hornets (39-29)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds

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The Denver Nuggets travel to the Time Warner Cable Arena to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

The Nuggets will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after getting thumped by the Hawks in a 116-98 defeat on Thursday. DJ Augustin continued his strong form with 17 points off the bench, Joffrey Lauvergne added 16 points while Gary Harris had 15, but the Nuggets were always running uphill after falling behind by double digits and then fading in a 62-50 second half dominated by the Hawks. With the loss, Denver drops to 28-41 overall which is only good enough for 10th place in the Western Conference, 6.5 games out of the eighth spot.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets - 3/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Hornets have won 15 of their last 18 games and they'll be aiming for a third straight win after winning at Miami by 109-106 on Thursday. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson led the scoring with 21 points each while Nicolas Batum added 19 points and seven assists as the Hornets rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second quarter to beat the Heat in a thriller. With the win, Charlotte improves to 39-29 on the season which currently has them in sixth place in a very congested Eastern Conference.

In ATS trends, the Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

Head to head, the Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Nuggets are shorthanded and out of form which is a perfect matchup for a red-hot Hornets team coming off a hard-fought win over the Heat. Take Charlotte to cruise at home to a win by double digits.

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Charlotte -8.5

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