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San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets - 1/14/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Charlotte Hornets at San Antonio Spurs
Date & Time Monday January 14, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
AT&T Center
San Antonio
The Line
The Line: San Antonio -8.5 -- Over/Under 223
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The San Antonio Spurs play host to the Charlotte Hornets at the AT&T Center on Monday night.

The Charlotte Hornets have been in a real slump as they’ve lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling to the Kings in a 104-97 road loss on Saturday. Kemba Walker led the team with 31 points and four assists, Nicolas Batum added 13 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chipped in with 11 points off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot just 40 percent from the field and 12 of 36 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in control of the game in the first half where they poured in 59 points, but the turnovers cost them as they fell apart in the second half where the young Kings outscored them by 47-38. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 19-23 overall and 5-15 on the road.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs have been on a tear lately as they’ve won 14 of their last 19 games but they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Thunder in a 122-112 road loss on Saturday. Marco Belinelli led the team in scoring with 24 points on eight of 10 shooting off the bench, DeMar DeRozan added 18 points with four assists while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with just 17 points after pouring in a career-high 56 points on Wednesday. As a team, the Spurs shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they took a nine-point lead going into halftime, but they ran out of gas in the second half where the Thunder outscored them by 71-52. With the loss, San Antonio dropped to 25-19 overall and 7-14 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Spurs are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the Hornets are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in San Antonio.

This will be the first of two meetings between these teams and it’s no surprise that the Spurs are heavy favorites at home given how well they’ve been playing lately. The Hornets have really cooled off lately and they’ve hardly been competitive as four of their last five losses came by double digits, so it’s hard to back them in this one, especially because they will be playing their third road game in four nights. With that being said, I’m going with the Spurs to get back into the winner’s circle with a comfortable home win here.

Pick:
San Antonio -8.5
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