Charlotte Hornets (8-23) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (18-14)
December 21, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -6.5; Over/Under: +224.5
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The Los Angeles Clippers play host to the Charlotte Hornets at the crypto.com Arena on Wednesday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a serious slump as they were on an ugly eight-game losing streak before they snapped out of it with a 125-119 road win over the Kings on Monday. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the team with 31 points and nine rebounds, LaMelo Ball added 23 points and 12 assists while Gordon Hayward chipped in with 19 points on eight of 12 shooting. As a team, the Hornets shot 51 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 39 points in the first quarter to open up a 12-point lead, but they allowed the Kings back in the game and had to rally with 34 points in the fourth quarter to finally get the much-needed victory.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers have been in fine form as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the Wizards in a 102-93 home win on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 31 points, nine rebounds and three steals, Luke Kennard added 20 points off the bench while Marcus Morris chipped in with 10 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Clippers shot just 43 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and scored just 20 points in the first quarter to fall behind by as many as 15 points, but in typical Clippers fashion, they dominated the second half by 52-36 to win comfortably in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win, 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Clippers are 25-7-1 ATS in their last 33 games playing on three or more days rest and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Los Angeles and the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Hornets are shorthanded again as Dennis Smith Jr. and Terry Rozier are both out again, while the Clippers are keeping eyes on Norman Powell, Ivica Zubac, Norman Powell, Reggie Jackson and Paul George. The Hornets were able to finally get a much-needed win by beating the Kings on Monday, but they were really struggling before then, so it’s hard to back them against the Clippers who have been building nicely. The Clippers are 25-7-1 ATS in their last 33 games playing on three or more days rest and I think they get the job done here assuming that they aren’t completely depleted in this one. Check the lineups before tipoff, but I’ll back the Clippers in this spot.