Charlotte Hornets vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Pick – December 17

The NBA is set up with another great slate of games throughout Thursday night. Eight games are up on the board throughout December 17. One of these matchups will be between the Charlotte Hornets and the Portland Trail Blazers. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.

Charlotte has earned a record of 16-14 to start out the season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hornets are coming off a win in their last game and two of their last three. Charlotte is two games behind the fourth seeded Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hornets will look for a fast start on the road in this one.

The Trail Blazers have put up a record of 11-18 to open up the season, which has them in eleventh place of the Western Conference. Portland has lost seven games in a row entering this one and ten of their last eleven. The Trail Blazers will look to finally get back on track. Portland will look for a much needed win at home on Friday night.

These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Hornets have been much better recently as of late. Portland has struggled to get anything going in their last stretch of games. If either team can come out strong in this one, it could be enough to lead them to the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Charlotte Hornets +2 ½ (-110) +120 Over 230 ½ (-110)
Portland Trail Blazers -2 ½ (-110) -140 Under 230 ½ (-110)


Team Data Charlotte Hornets Portland Trail Blazers
Overall Record 16-14 11-18
Away/ Home Record 8-10 10-7
PPG 115.6 108.0
PPG Away/ Home 114.8 110.9
PAPG 116.4 111.2
PAPG Away/ Home 118.1 108.1

Betting Trends

Charlotte Hornets

  • 18-11 ATS this season
  • 14-9 ATS as an underdog
  • 8-9 ATS in road games
  • 6-1 ATS in December
  • 5-2 ATS on Friday nights
  • 4-7 ATS after non-Conference game
  • 6-6 ATS in non-Conference game
  • 3-3 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 5-4 ATS against team with losing record

Portland Trail Blazers

  • 11-18 ATS this season
  • 10-9 ATS as a favorite
  • 9-8 ATS in home games
  • 1-6 ATS in December
  • 2-2 ATS on Friday nights
  • 4-5 ATS in non-Conference game
  • 5-6 ATS after loss by 10 or more points
  • 6-10 ATS against team with winning record

These two teams met up on October 31 in Charlotte. C.J. McCollum dropped 25 points and 8 assists. It was not enough for the Trail Blazers though. LaMelo Ball finished with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Kelly Oubre added 26 points. Miles Bridges put up 19 points and 9 assists as the Hornets earned a 125-113 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Hornets have been solid shooting the ball throughout the season. Charlotte has made 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. The Hornets have shot 38.7 percent from behind the arc, which is 1st in the league. Charlotte has sunk 73.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 27th in the NBA.

Portland has struggled a bit shooting the ball so far this season. The Trail Blazers have been shooting 44.9 percent of their shots, which is 20th in the league. Portland has made 34.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is 15th in the NBA. The Trail Blazers have drained 78 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 14th in the league.

Charlotte has been the better team shooting the ball throughout this season, but both teams have struggled on defense. The Hornets have allowed their opponents to shoot 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the league. Portland has held opposing teams to a 47.2 percent from the field, which is 29th in the NBA.

Top Performers

Charlotte has had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. LaMelo Ball has averaged 20 points, 8.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game. Miles Bridges is averaging 19.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Gordon Hayward has averaged 18.4 points, while Terry Rozier is averaging 17.6 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 16.6 points and P.J. Washington is averaging 10.6 points per game.

Damian Lillard has been the leader for the Trail Blazers in this one. Lillard is averaging 22 points and 7.7 assists per game. Norman Powell has averaged 17.8 points per game. Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. To round out the lineup, Anfernee Simons has averaged 12.8 points per game off the bench.

These two teams have been strong early in the season and will look for a big win in this one. LaMelo Ball is questionable in this game after recently getting off COVID protocol. Portland is missing C.J. McCollum entering Friday night’s tilt. If either team can get some players to step up early, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Pick Overview

The Trail Blazers are on a long losing streak entering this one. I think that Portland can bounce back in this one though. The Hornets knocked off Portland earlier this season, but I think the Trail Blazers can earn a win at home. Portland will look for some players to step up in this one as they try to finally get back in the win column.

BetOnline has the Trail Blazers listed as a -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Portland on Friday night. I think that this line is accurate with the Trail Blazers at home. Portland is on a long losing streak, but I think they will bounce back in this one. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Trail Blazers to cover the spread.

The Bet
Portland Trail Blazers -2.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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