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Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets - 1/15/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

Game
Charlotte Hornets at Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Wednesday January 15, 2020, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver, CO
The Line
DEN -13, O/U 210.5
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The Charlotte Hornets travel to Denver, CO on Wednesday for a game against the Nuggets in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, the Hornets were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers by the score of 115-112.  Devonte’ Graham led the Hornets in scoring in the game as he scored 27 points while shooting 9 of 17 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free throw line. Graham also led the Hornets in assists on the night with 10 while playing a total of 36 minutes against the Nuggets.  P.J. Washington led Charlotte in rebounds on the night with 11, including 2 coming offensively. 

After the loss to Portland, the Charlotte Hornets are now 15-28 on the season which places them in 3rd place in the Southeast Division.  Devonte’ Graham has led the Hornets in points per game this season as he is averaging 18.8.  Graham also leads the Hornets in assists per game with 7.8.  Cody Zeller leads Charlotte in rebounds per game as he is averaging 7.2.  The Hornets enter Wednesday’s game with a clean bill of health as they do not have anyone listed on their injury report. 

The Denver Nuggets welcome the Charlotte Hornets to town on Wednesday after winning their last game against the Los Angeles Clippers by the score of 114-104.  Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets in scoring in the game as he recorded 20 points while shooting 6 of 14 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line.  Jokic also led the Nuggets in assists on the night with 6 while playing a total of 31 minutes against the Clippers. Jokic also led Denver in rebounds on the night, pulling in a total of 15, including 2 coming offensively. 

The win against the Clippers improved the Nuggets record to 27-12 on the season and the team is currently in 1st place in the Northwest Division.  Nikola Jokic leads Denver in points per game with 19.3 on the season.  Jokic is also the leading rebounder for the Nuggets as he is averaging 9.9 per game.  Jokic is also Denver’s leader in assists per game and is averaging 6.4 per game on the year.  Denver comes into Wednesday’s game with 4 players listed on their injury report as Bol Bol and Paul Millsap are listed as out while Gary Harris and Jamal Murray are listed as day to day.

The Charlotte Hornets have scored 104.2 points per game this season while allowing 110.8 points per game.  The Denver Nuggets have scored an average of 109.1 points per game on the year while allowing 105.4 points per game.  In their last 5 games, the Hornets are 0-5 while the Nuggets are 3-2.  Charlotte is 5-2 against the spread in their last 7 games. Denver is 4-2 against the spread in their last 6 games. The total has gone over in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games.  The total has gone over in 11 of Denver's last 16 games. The total has gone over in 4 of Denver's last 5 games against Charlotte.  Denver has won 2 of the last 3 meetings between these two teams, winning by the average score of 117 to 109.  I believe Denver will win this one, but I will be going with the Hornets to cover the spread as I believe their offense is good enough to keep up with Denver.  Denver wins 110-100, but Charlotte beats the spread. 

Pick:
Charlotte Hornets +13
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