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Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets - 12/7/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (17-7) at Charlotte Hornets (11-13)
Date & Time Friday December 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Charlotte Hornets +1 -- Over/Under: 218
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NBA | Denver Nuggets (17-7) at Charlotte Hornets (11-13)
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The Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Denver Nuggets look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven-game winning streak. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 110.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Jamal Murray is averaging 17.9 points and 4.9 assists while Gary Harris is averaging 16.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won their last five road games.

The Charlotte Hornets could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 114 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 26 points and 6.1 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing 4.5 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won four of their last six home games.

The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Hornets last 10 vs. NBA Northwest. The under is 6-2 in Nuggets last 8 overall.

The Denver Nuggets are finally playing like the contenders we expected to see before the season started, and they're outscoring teams by 9.8 points in their last five games. The Charlotte Hornets have played their best ball by far at home where they're outscoring teams by 7.5 points, but they're in a bit of a slump and continue to rely heavily on Kemba to carry them to victories. In this near toss-up, I'm not sure how you don't back the Nuggets, the better and deeper team that's also in better form. The Nuggets should roll in this contest.

Denver Nuggets -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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