Two teams flirting with the 8th and final playoff spot of their respective conference are clashing tonight, when the Denver Nuggets (28-25), who are coming from two huge victories, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (23-29), who want to extend a winning streak of their own.
Date/Time: 02-05-2018, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Denver Nuggets -6
Nuggets have a 28-25 record (24-26-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 8th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Warriors with a 115-108 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Gary Harris with 17.4 ppg, followed by Jamal Murray with 16.5 ppg. Nikola Jokic follows with 16.5 ppg and team highs both in rebounding, with 10.4 per game and in assists made, with 5.5 per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersHornets have a 23-29 record (22-26-4 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the East. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Suns with a 115-110 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.7 ppg, adding a team high 5.9 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 15.9 ppg and a team high 12.7 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 13.6 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Hornets won at home with a 110-93 score. Nuggets are 21-7 at home so far this season, while Hornets are 8-15 on the road. Those two teams are extremely close both offensively, scoring 106.7 and 106.4 ppg, and defensively, allowing 106.1 and 106 ppg. Nuggets though, have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.08% to Hornets’ 44.29% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.08% to Hornets’ 35.7%. They are also better in assists made, with 24 to Hornets’ 20.9, while Hornets are better in rebounding, grabbing 46.2 to Nuggets’ 45.1 and in turnovers committed (13 to 15.4). Nuggets are very strong at home, are coming off two huge wins and Vegas odds give them a -6 spread which they are expected to beat easily for another home victory tonight.
Charlotte Hornets vs Denver Nuggets Prediction: Denver Nuggets -6 (-109)