Hornets at Hawks - 10/30/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (0-1) at Atlanta Hawks (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks square off early Friday night at the Phillips Arena.
The Charlotte Hornets look to bounce back after losing their season opener to the Miami Heart. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 94 points on 39.3 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 19 points and four assists while Al Jefferson is averaging 17 points and five rebounds. Marvin Williams is grabbing 10 rebounds and Nicolas Batum is dishing three assists. The Charlotte Hornets continue to be a team that struggles offensively, as they shot just 25 percent from deep and got just 58 points from their starters. The Hornets have lost seven straight games dating back to last season. Jeremy Lamb is questionable and Troy Daniels is doubtful.
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The Atlanta Hawks look to get a game above a .500 record after beating the Knicks on Thursday. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103 points on 47.8 percent shooting and are allowing 103.5 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 20.5 points and six assists while Al Horford is averaging 18 points and 6.5 rebounds. Paul Millsap is grabbing 9.5 rebounds and Dennis Schroder is dishing three assists. The Atlanta Hawks have looked like two different teams in their first two games but are coming off a contest in which they made 10 threes and had four of their starters score double-digit points. The Hawks have won five of their last seven home games. Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Muscala are questionable.
The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Friday games. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta and 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.
The Hornets can't keep up offensively when the Hawks are clicking, and they were in a groove on Thursday in New York. I expect that to carry over here. I'll take the home team and the reasonable number.