Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets (By: Miyagi)
The Hornets have struggled recently as they have won just 1 of their last 4 games, with 3 of those at home, and they got themselves in trouble as they are currently in the 8th place with the Heat and the Magic just a couple of wins behind them. Still, they are not playing bad and they definitely were not bad against the Warriors in their last game but they unlucky to face a wounded beast that had to bounce back.
The Rockets on the other side are in better shape as they have won 3 of their last 5 games and they are currently on a 2-game winning streak which started with that massive Harden-less win against the Warriors on the road. They are 5th in the West atm, so they are not in as much pressure as the Hornets but still, they would like to get at least the early home court advantage (top 4 spots).
The Rockets have not been great on the road as underdogs and that game against the Warriors is a bad example to take into consideration because the Warriors lost that game more than the Rockets won it and if you have a different opinion then check out when was the last time it took Warriors 5 minutes to score their first basket at home or when was the last time they were trailing by 20 in the first 4 minutes at home! Yeah, I know...wait to see the rotation they used in that game.
Anyway, the Hornets at home should not be considered or offered as underdogs against the Rockets since they are one of the worst match-ups for the Rockets while the Rockets have also been far from convincing as favorites on the road.
Why are they a bad match-up? Because of the Hornets' ability to defend long-range shots (7th best in the league at home) and the fact that they are the team that allows the fewest FT attempts per game. The Rockets have over 60% of their points scored by 3P shots and FT combined while they are one of the worst 5 teams in the league in fast-break points and points from 2P. The Hornets rank better in offensive and defensive efficiency at home compared to the Rockets on the road while the Rockets are on the first game of a back to back set as they will visit Miami tomorrow in what will be a much easier matchup for them.
I can see the Hornets winning this one and it might get completely out of control with a double-digit lead as it happens often this season when teams that are on back to back games are involved but I will take the much safer handicap in favor of the actual favorites here.
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Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets predictions
|Hornets +4.5||Pinnacle||1.98||10||113-118 LOST (-10 units)|
Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Miyagi).