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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (13-22) at Los Angeles Clippers (15-19)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSW2

The Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers meet Sunday in NBA action at the Staples Center.

The Charlotte Hornets need a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 104.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.4 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.9 points and 12.4 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Frank Kaminsky is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Clippers look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 105.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 23.6 points and 7.8 rebounds while Lou Williams is averaging 20.8 points and 4.7 assists. Austin Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and Danilo Gallinari is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Clippers have won four straight home games.

The Hornets are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 road games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Clippers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Hornets are coming off their biggest victory of the season, beating the Golden State Warriors, but this is still an inconsistent team that is trash on the road and can't score. The Los Angeles Clippers have turned their season around with wins in four of their last five and got their best player back in Grffin, who looked like his old self against the Lakers. The Clippers have also been money against the number, covering nine of their last 11 games. I'll gladly lay the bucket with the beter basketball team.

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