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Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz - 11/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Jazz (5-3) at Charlotte Hornets (5-1)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSE/ROOT

The Utah Jazz and Charlotte Hornets meet Wednesday night in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Utah Jazz look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games and climbing the standings. The Utah Jazz are averaging 98.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 94.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 24 points and six rebounds while George Hill is averaging 20.4 points and five assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Johnson is dishing 2.8 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won three straight road games.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz - 11/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets look to build on their best start in franchise history after winning five of their first six games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 105.3 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 96.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 24.3 points and 5.5 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Cody Zeller is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky III is dishing 2.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won six of their last seven home games.

The Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-20-3 ATS in their last 29 Wednesday games. The Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Jazz are 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Charlotte and 9-3-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall.

Two great defensive teams, this has the potential to be a battle and come down to the wire. The Jazz have proven early they can be a good road team and probably have more offensive firepower than Charlotte. However, the Hornets have been one of the bigger surprises so far this season and shouldn't be looked over any longer. In a toss-up game, I'm siding with Charlotte at home.

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Charlotte Hornets -1.5

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