Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (23-10) at Charlotte Hornets (17-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +6.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma CIty Thunder invade the Time Warner Cable Arena to battle the Charlotte Hornets tonight.
The Thunder will be going for a fourth straight win tonight after sneaking past the Suns in a 110-106 victory on Sunday. Russell Westbrook got it going early and finished with a game-high 36 points and 12 assists and Kevin Durant added 23 points as the Thunder won their sixth game in seven outings to improve to 23-10 overall and 16-4 at home. Perhaps it wasn't the most encouraging of wins as the Suns were allowed to hang with the Thunder from start to finish despite playing without their leading scorer in Eric Bledsoe, but the Thunder continue to pile on the wins and climb up the rankings.
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Meanwhile, the Hornets have lost seven of their last 10 and are in danger of losing a third straight after falling at Toronto by 104-94 last night. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 23 points, Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists while DeMarre Carroll and Patrick Patterson chipped in with 14 points each as the Raptors dominated the Hornets in an impressive 30-12 fourth quarter to steal the win and improve to 21-13 on the season and 11-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Hornets are 1-6 ATS in the last seven games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest.
Head to head, the Thunder are 8-1 ATS in the last nine meetings but the home team is 9-3 A TS in the last 12 meetings.
The Hornets have been a tough team to beat at home all season and I wouldn't be too surprised if they pulled off the minor upset here, but I think the Thunder should have more than enough to get the win over the Hornets who have been slipping lately.