Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz - 12/20/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (7-19) at Charlotte Hornets (6-19)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -4 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets play host to the Utah Jazz at the Time Warner Cable Arena tonight.
The Utah Jazz have struggled for the majority of the season but look to be in a bit of a groove all of a sudden, winning their last two including a 101-94 victory over the Magic last night. Derrick Favors led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Gordon Hayward added 20 points and six assists, but it didn't stop there as the Jazz shot a healthy 53.4 percent from the field as a team compared to Magic who shot just 44.6 percent. Despite the win, Utah are still only 8-19 on the season, 4-10 on the road and 2-2 on their current road trip.
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Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have lost 14 of their last 17 but were able to snap a four-game skid with a comfortable 109-91 win over the lowly Sixers last night. Kemba scored 30 points on 13 of 23 shooting while Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Hornets stormed out to a 66-46 lead at halftime before cruising in the second half to win easily. Given that the Hornets are still only 7-19 on the season, this was a game they needed to win, but it's hard to get too excited after beating a Sixers team with just two wins on the entire season.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall but just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games playing on zero days rest, while the Hornets are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Head to head, the Jazz are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Charlotte.
The Jazz haven't been a reliable team to bet on all season, but I watched them last night against the Magic and they look to be slowly figuring things out. I'm not sure if they'll win tonight, but I think they're worth a play with the points.