Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Charlotte -2.5 -- Over/Under 226.5
The Charlotte Hornets and the Brooklyn Nets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.
The Brooklyn Nets have been in a bit of a slump as they’ve lost six of their past eight games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Trailblazers in a 113-99 home loss on Thursday. Allen Crabbe led the team in scoring with 17 points off the bench, De’Angelo Russell added 14 points with eight assists while Ed Davis chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Nets shot just 39 percent from the field and seven of 36 from the 3-point line as they hung with the playoff-bound Trailblazers in the first half before getting blown out in the third quarter by 34-22. Russell struggled all night as he shot just four of 16 from the field and they had their hands full all night with the Trailblazers’ Enes Kanter and Jusuf Nurkic who combined for 45 points. With the loss, Brooklyn fell to 30-30 overall and 17-14 at home.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a bit of a funk with four losses in their last six games but they were able to get back on track with a 123-110 win over the Wizards last night. Kemba Walker led the team with 27 points and 11 assists on nine of 25 shooting, Nicolas Batum drained five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points and five assists while Jeremy Lamb chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot 47 percent from the field and 13 of 33 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first quarter, before they turned the game on its head in the second quarter where they outscored the Wizards by 38-22, The game tightened up in the second half but the Hornets were able to pull away late behind big games from Walker and Batum. With the win, Charlotte improved to 28-30 overall and 20-9 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Nets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record and 5-0 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record. The Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings, the Nets are 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Charlotte and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Hornets were able to snap out of their funk with a much-needed win over the Wizards last night but it’s going to be tough to replicate that effort on zero days rest. The Nets have been streaky this season and they’re stuck in a bad one at the moment as they’ve lost six of their last eight, but they are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Charlotte. With that being said, I’m leaning towards the Nets to bounce back against a tired Hornets team playing the second night of a back to back set.