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Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/19/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns at Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte
The Line
The Line: Charlotte -7 --- Over/Under 222
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The Phoenix Suns pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night.

The Phoenix Suns have been in a real slump lately as they’ve won just two of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Raptors in a 111-109 road loss on Thursday. Devin Booker led the team with 30 points and eight assists, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 18 points on three of 15 shooting off the bench while Miles Bridges and DeAndre Ayton each scored 15 points. As a team, the Suns shot just 43 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line but they played hard for 48 minutes and almost pulled off what would’ve been their best win of the season. With the loss, Phoenix dropped to 11-35 overall and 4-18 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets haven’t been at their best as they’ve lost five of their last eight games but they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing past the Kings in a 114-95 home win on Thursday. Kemba Walker led the team with 23 points and five assists, Mikal Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each scored 15 points while Jeremy Lamb and Tony Parker each scored 14 points. As a team, the Hornets are 44 percent from the field and 11 of 38 from the 3-point line as they started slow before taking over the game in the second quarter where they outscored the Kings by 43-25. With the easy win, Charlotte improved to 21-23 overall and 15-8 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points and 0-5 ATS in their last five Saturday games.

Head to head, the over is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the Suns are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Suns just can’t seem to put together any sort of a run, but they looked good in their narrow loss to the shorthanded Raptors. The Hornets haven’t exactly been much better, but they’ve been solid at home all season, especially against teams with losing records. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games but the Suns are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games. I’m sure the Hornets pull this one out but the Suns are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings and I think they can keep this one close.

Pick:
Phoenix +7

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