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Phoenix Suns vs. Charlotte Hornets - 01/06/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Charlotte Hornets at Phoenix Suns
Date & Time Sunday January 6, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Suns +2 -- Over/Under: 224
TV Channel
FSCR, FSAZ
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NBA | Charlotte Hornets at Phoenix Suns
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The Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Charlotte Hornets need a feel good win after losing five of their last seven games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 112.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.4 points and six assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing 3.8 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost their last four road games.

The Phoenix Suns could also use a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 48.4 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.4 points and 7.1 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.5 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing three rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost their last five home games.

The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Phoenix and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Suns last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 6-0 in Hornets last 6 road games.

The Charlotte Hornets are a team I've never been high on, and I'm certainly not any more higher on them with them losing five of their last seven games. However, the Phoenix Suns are back to stinking up the joint, which includes being outscored by 11.6 points while allowing 53.8 percent shooting in their last five games. The Suns also have far less success at home where they're being outscored by an average of 7.1 points and can't get stops defensively. While the Hornets have their issues, everything is better than what the Suns are going through at the moment. I'll lay the bucket with the Hornets.

Pick:
Charlotte Hornets -2

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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