Portland Trail Blazers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 2/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 2/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets (23-30) at Portland Trail Blazers (29-25)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers meet Thursday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Charlotte Hornets need a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 106.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won five of their last eight road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers need a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.1 points and 6.6 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight straight home games.

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The Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS loss. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Hornets are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Portland, 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Both of these teams are so hit or miss and you never know which team you're going to get any given night. But the Charlotte Hornets simply aren't a good basketball team and I've been saying it the last few years. The Hornets have an even point differential on the season and despite winning road games recently, they're stil allowing over 47 percent shooting on the road. The Portland Trail Blazers have caught fire at home recently and are a decent 12-8 ATS when favored by less than six points. Give me the Trail Blazers and the small number.

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Randy’s Pick Portland Trail Blazers -3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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