Charlotte Hornets (15-16) at Golden State Warriors (18-15)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Chase Center)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -6 -- Over/Under: 233.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and the Golden State Warriors duke it out at the Chase Center on Friday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in decent shape lately as they’ve won five of their last eight games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Suns in a 124-121 road win on Wednesday. Malik Monk led the team with 29 points on 10 of 21 shooting off the bench, Gordon Hayward added 20 points while LaMelo Ball chipped in with 20 points and eight assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 36 from the 3-point line as they recovered to escape with the narrow win after squandering an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have been building nicely as they’ve won six of their past nine games and they will be looking for a third straight win after escaping Indiana with a 111-107 road win on Wednesday. Stephen Curry led the team with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 15 points while Draymond Green chipped in with 12 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists. As a team, the Warriors shot 47 percent from the field and a miserly five of 26 from the 3-point line, but this win was about their defense in the second half as they held the Pacers to just 22 points in the third quarter, before holding them to just nine points in the final 4:35 to escape with the win. Curry had a rough shooting night as he made just seven of 21 from the field and one of 11 from the 3-point line.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, 21-9-2 ATS in their last 32 games an underdog and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a win. The Warriors are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite.
Head to head, the under is 7-0 in the last seven meetings overall and the Hornets are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Golden State.
The Hornets are starting to heat up and they will take plenty of confidence from their narrow win over the red-hot Suns, while the Warriors have been in similar form and are coming into this one off a nice win over the Pacers. These two teams last met on Sunday and it was the Hornets who won by 102-100 thanks to a buzzer-beater from Terry Rozier at the buzzer, so the Warriors will eager for revenge in this one. This should be another close one, but Green will feel like he cost his team in the last meeting and I think he’ll have Warriors ready for this one.