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Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder 12/29/22 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Oklahoma City Thunder (15-19) vs. Charlotte Hornets (9-26)
December 29, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1.5; Over/Under: -
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 8 games. The Charlotte Hornets have lost 7 of their last 9 games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 115.4 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.6 points and 5.7 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 14.8 points and 5.5 assists. Luguentz Dort is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Williams is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.

The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 111.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 118.1 points on 48.1 percent shooting. LaMelo Ball is averaging 23.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Terry Rozier is averaging 21 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 5 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

The Thunder are 37-17 ATS in their last 54 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The under is 5-2 in Thunder last 7 road games. The under is 13-5-1 in Hornets last 19 home games. The Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Hornets are getting the benefit of the doubt here because they’re at home, but I don’t care. The Hornets have been a mess all season long, and they even lose at home by an average of 6.2 points. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been the better team this season, no matter how you slice it. We’re getting a free bucket. I’ll take it.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5

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