Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets – NBA March 24

Hornets at Rockets Betting Predictions | 8:00 PM ET

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Hornets -3.5 (-110) -165 O 223 (-110)
Rockets +3.5 (-110) +140 U 223 (-110)

The 21-21 Hornets conclude their five-game road trip in Houston on Wednesday night, taking on the 12-30 Rockets. Charlotte picked up the first win of its road trip on Monday night, earning a 100-97 victory over the Spurs due to the clutch shooting of guard Terry Rozier down the stretch. The Rockets snapped a 20-game losing streak (yikes!) on Monday night, defeating the Raptors 117-99 for their first win since Feb. 4.

Charlotte handled Houston with ease back on Feb. 8, 119-94, due to a fourth-quarter in which the Hornets outscored the Rockets 29-7.

 

Charlotte is led by offseason acquisition Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier, who have almost identical statistical averages when it comes to scoring and shooting percentages this season.

  • Hayward averages a team-high 20.4 points per game on 48-percent shooting from the field (41.2 percent on 3-pointers).
  • Rozier is having a breakout year, averaging a career-high 20.2 points on 47-percent shooting overall and 41.8 percent on threes. Rozier also has been incredibly clutch all year, repeatedly hitting big shots to help the Hornets forge a 16-0 record this season in contests that they are leading going into the final quarter.

However, the sparkplug for the Hornets this season had been heavy Rookie of the Year favorite LaMelo Ball, who was averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game in 41 outings before fracturing his wrist on Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Please Note:

Ball had successful surgery on Tuesday and will need four weeks to recover before he can begin rehabbing, according to the Hornets. It is currently unclear if Ball will be able to return for the home stretch of Charlotte’s playoff push.

Houston will be without guards Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon for certain on Wednesday night, while forwards Kevin Porter Jr. and Keynon Martin, Jr. being game-time decisions. Center Christian Wood leads the team with 21.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and will need a monster performance against his former team if the Rockets want a chance to pull off the short upset. Wood did not play in the first matchup because of an ankle injury and it put Houston at an obvious disadvantage at the end of the game. 

Do not overthink this game. Make the simple decision!

The Rockets are 13-29 against the spread this season and although LaMelo Ball is out for Charlotte, his substitute Devonte’ Graham is no stranger to the starting lineup with 26 starts this season. The Hornets will be able to play less zone with Ball’s injury, which actually should make them better on the defensive end of the floor in his absence.

Overall, there is no reason to believe that the Rockets will be able to string two wins in a row following a 20-game losing streak that lasted 47 days. Lay the three points with the Hornets and watch them craft a dialed-in performance from start to finish to end their road trip on a two-game winning streak.

The Bet
Charlotte Hornets -3.5

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