Denver Nuggets (1-2) at Charlotte Hornets (1-2)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +1.5 -- Over/Under: 212 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.
The Denver Nuggets look for their first road victory of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 98.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 98 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds while Will Barton is averaging 16.7 points and 2.7 assists. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and Gary Harris is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last eight road games.
The Charlotte Hornets also look for a nice victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 97.7 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.7 points and 6.3 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.7 points and six rebounds. Frank Kaminsky III is the third double-digit scorer and Dwight Howard is grabbing 17.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last 10 home games.
The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nuggets are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Hornets offense is struggling big time without Nicolas Batum, as they're shooting less than 42 percent from the field and have scored 94 or less points in two of their three games. The Nuggets two losses have come against potential playoff teams, but the offense has been consistent and Jokic finally has the help he needed a year ago. The Nuggets have a road trip with four subpar Eastern teams, so this is a chance for them to put a dent in the standings and kind of get the ball rolling here. I don't like the Hornets without anybody to help Kemba on the scoring end. The Nuggets should cruise to victory here.