Charlotte Hornets vs. Houston Rockets - 3/12/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Rockets (31-32) at Charlotte Hornets (35-28)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Rockets invade the Time Warner Cable Arena to battle the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.
The Rockets will be looking to stay in the playoff picture tonight with another hard-fought win on the road and they'll be looking to lean heavily on James Harden who has been increased his production from 29.0 ppg and 7.1 apg on the season to 34.0 points and 9.2 assists in his last five games. Dwight Howard has also been playing very well lately with averages of 19.2 points and 12.6 rebounds in his last five games which is why the Rockets have been averaging 110.4 points over their last five games, a marked improvement over their season average of 105.8 ppg.
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Meanwhile, the Hornets have been leaning on Kemba Walker who has been on a tear lately with averages of 31.6 points and 6.8 assists over his last five games. Nicolas Batum is averaging 16.8 points and 4.8 assists over his last five games which includes a 31-point night in a win over Indiana on Mar 3 but it has really been a team effort from the Hornets who have won 11 of their last 13 games to move to leapfrog the Hawks and improve to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 35-28 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games but just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on zero days rest, while the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the Rockets are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall but the home team is 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight meetings.
The Rockets are currently in seventh place, but could easily fall out of the playoff picture entirely with a couple of losses so they'll be up for this game, but I'm sticking with the Walker and the Hornets who have been solid at home all season.