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Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets - 12/28/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brooklyn Nets (17-19) at Charlotte Hornets (16-17)
Date & Time Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 219.5
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The Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Hornets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Friday night.
The Brooklyn Nets have been on an absolute tear lately as they've won nine of their last 10 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after sneaking past the Hornets in a 134-132 double overtime win on Wednesday. Spencer Dinwiddie drained seven 3-pointers to lead the team with 37 points and 11 assists off the bench, Joe Harris added 27 points on 11 of 14 shooting Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and D'Angelo Russell each scored 16 points. As a team, the Nets shot 49 percent from the field and 19 of 47 from the 3-point line but the biggest play of the game was a steal from Harris which led the game-winning basket for the Nets with just 3.4 seconds left in the second overtime. With the win, Brooklyn improved to 17-19 on the season and 9-11 at home. 
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a bit of a rut as they've lost four of their last six games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Nets on Wednesday. Kemba Walker led the team with 35 points on 13 of 26 shooting, Jeremy Lamb added 31 points on 11 of 18 shooting while Marvin Williams chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Hornets shot 44 percent from the field as they battled with the Nets for 57 minutes before a crucial turnover in the second overtime cost them. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 16-17 on the season and 4-10 on the road. 
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the Nets are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Charlotte and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Hornets will be eager to atone for their mistakes on Wednesday, especially Walker who finished without a field goal in overtime but it won't be easy as the Nets have come out of nowhere to become one of the hottest teams in the league. I'm searching for reasons to take the Hornets but they are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, so I'm sticking with the red-hot Nets to keep things rolling with a road win here.

Brooklyn +4.5
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