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Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets - 01/05/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver Nuggets - Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pepsi Center
The Line
Denver -9.5
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NBA | Denver Nuggets - Charlotte Hornets
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets play host to the Charlotte Hornets at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.

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 looking to bounce back after getting thrashed in a 122-84 home loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday. Kemba Walker led the team with just 11 points and five assists while Marvin Williams, Bismack Biyombo and Devonte’ Graham each scored 10 points but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Hornets shot just 35 percent from the field and six of 32 from the 3-point line but they were never truly in this game after falling behind by 16 points after the first quarter and 24 points at halftime. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 18-19 overall and 14-8 at home.  

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory after sneaking past the Kings in a 117-113 road win on Thursday. Jamal Murray led the team with 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Nikola Jokic racked up 26 points with 13 rebounds and six assists while Mason Plumlee chipped in with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 39 from the 3-point line as they dominated the second half by 64-47 to overcome a slow start which had them trailing by 13 points going into halftime. With the comeback win, Denver improved to 25-11 overall and 10-8 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a double-digit loss at home and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a win and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the Hornets are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver.

The Hornets haven’t been too bad this season as they continue to hover at around .500, but they’re in a funk right now and they looked terrible in their blowout loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday. Conversely, the Nuggets are currently sitting pretty atop the Western Conference standings, they’re currently riding a four-game win streak and have only lost three home games so far. The Hornets are only 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Denver and I think that trend continues as the Nuggets run away with this one.

Pick:
Denver -9.5

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