Hornets vs. Thunder - 2/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (29-25) at Charlotte Hornets (22-30)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, SPSO
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have won four straight games and are sneaking into the playoff convo. On the season, OKC is averaging 100.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 98.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 26 points and 7.7 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. Dion Waiters is dishing 1.5 assists and Anthony Morrow is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder have topped 100 points in seven straight games and are shooting 38.2 percent from deep in their last five games. All of the players the Thunder picked in a trade are questionable for this game. Kevin Durant is also questionable with a foot injury.
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The Charlotte Hornets play their first game since the break and have split their last 10 games. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting and are allowing 96.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 17.3 points and seven rebounds while Gerald Henderson is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Lance Stephenson is dishing 4.9 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting just 41.3 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored 94 or less points in four of those matchups. The Hornets can only hope the moves they made will add a spark to their offense. Mo WIlliams and Troy Daniels are questionable for this game.
The Thunder are 10-21-1 ATS in their last 32 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Thunder are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Durant or not, the Thunder seem to be finding their way and are back to putting the ball in the hoop at a high percentage. Without Kemba, the Hornets can't keep up. Give me OKC and the reasonable chalk.