Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (15-11) at Houston Rockets (13-14)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Toyota Center)
The Line: Houston Rockets -3.5 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets square off Monday night at the Toyota Center.
The Charlotte Hornets look for a nice road win after splitting their last six games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 44 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 18.2 points and 4.8 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 16.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 3.1 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.7 percent from the free throw line and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Houston Rockets look for a big victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Houston Rockets are averaging 104.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.6 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 28.5 points and 6.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 13.1 points and 11.9 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Ty Lawson is dishing 4.2 assists. The Houston Rockets are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rockets are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.2 turnovers per game. The Houston Rockets have won five straight home games.
The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest. The Rockets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hornets are 0-6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Houston and 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings overall.
Is it just me or are the Rockets starting to put things together and looking like the team from last year? Especially at home, the Rockets have been on a roll. Charlotte doesn't have enough offense here, I'm taking the Rockets and the small chalk.