The Charlotte Hornets visit the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center on Monday night.
Charlotte heads to Portland after playing in Phoenix on Sunday night. The Hornets entered last night’s game having lost eight out of their last 10 games played, including the last three. They are four games off the playoff pace in the Eastern Conference if the postseason began today. Portland is also struggling right now with only two wins in their last 10 games played. The Blazers head home having lost back to back games and they are currently one and a half-game behind the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
Four Straight Losses
The Charlotte Hornets lost to the Phoenix Suns 100-92 on Sunday night for their 10th loss in their last 12 games played. The Hornets have suffered four straight losses and they head to Portland having lost six out of their last eight games played on the road. Charlotte is 8-14 SU on the road this season and they are currently in 3rd place in the Southeast Division.
Devonte Graham leads Charlotte in scoring and passing at 18.5 points and 7.7 assists per game. Terry Rozier is putting up 18.4 points per game and he is averaging 27.4 points per game in his last five outings. Cody Zeller leads the team in rebounding at 7.2 rebounds per game while also scoring 11.6 per outing.
The Charlotte Hornets rank next to last in the league in scoring at 104.3 points per game this season. They are 26th off the boards with an average of 42.8 rebounds per contest and are 16th in passing at 23.8 assists per contest. The Hornets are 16th in scoring defense at 111.0 points per game allowed.
Odds from Bet365 as of 01/12/2020
Blazers Drop To 4th in Northwest Division
The Blazers dropped to 14-26 on the season and 4th in the Northwest Division team standings after their 101-122 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. The Blazers shot just 10-36 from behind the three-point line and they fell behind by double digits as early as the first quarter despite Damian Lillard scoring 12 points in the opening frame.
Lillard leads Portland with 26.7 points and 7.6 assists per game. Backcourt partner C.J. McCollum is putting up 21.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game while Carmelo Anthony has been their third-leading scorer at 16.2 points per game. Hassan Whiteside is having a double-double year with 15.8 points and 14.0 rebounds per contest.
Portland ranks 12th in the NBA in scoring at 111.5 points per game this season. The Blazers are 12th in rebounding at 45.9 boards grabbed per contest and they are last in the league in passing at 19.5 assists per game. Portland has the 8th worst scoring defense in the league this season at 113.9 points per game allowed.
The Hornets are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games played. Charlotte is 2-3 SU in their last five games played on the road and a 3-4 SU in seven road games against the Western Conference. The Blazers are also 2-8 SU in their last 10 games played. Portland is 0-4 SU in their last four home games and they are also 4-4 SU in eight home games against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Blazers are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games played against the Hornets. Portland is also 13-10 SU as the betting favorites this season.
The Hornets head to Portland after playing in Phoenix on Sunday night. This will be their third game in four nights and their third straight on the road. Entering Sunday’s games, Charlotte is 8-13 SU on the road but the Blazers are also just 8-10 SU at home this season.
Portland seemed to have gotten its poise with the arrival of Carmelo Anthony. But the team has suddenly slipped to 16-24 SU on the year with eight losses in their last 10 games played. Hassan Whiteside missed their last game with an undisclosed illness and he is listed as day to day for this matchup.
Both these teams have struggled in their last 10 games with each team having just two wins during that period. Charlotte has lost three in a row heading to their Sunday game against the Suns while Portland has lost back to back games entering this match-up. I will give the edge to the Blazers here. Not only are they playing at home but the Hornets will be playing the second of back to back games on Monday night.
Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers.
Other Bets to Make
Charlotte is 3-6-1 ATS in their last 10 games played. The Hornets are 2-3 ATS in their last five road games played, and 3-3-1 ATS in their last seven road games against the Western Conference. Portland is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games played and 0-4 ATS in their last four games at the Moda Center. The Blazers are 3-4-1 ATS in their last eight games against teams from the East. Head to head, the Blazers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Hornets.
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Portland has outscored Charlotte by an average of six points per game in their last 10 meetings and by 15.67 points per game in their last three head to head encounters. Hassan Whiteside missed Friday’s game with a respiratory illness but appears to be okay now although he is still listed as day to day. Whiteside is having a double-double season and he should help the Blazers control the pain and open up space for their shooters. I like the Blazers to win here.
Prediction: Blazers -8
The total has gone over in seven out of the last 10 games played by the Hornets. Charlotte has seen the total go over in four out of their last five games played. The over is 4-3 in the Hornets’ last seven games played against the Western Conference. The total has gone under in six out of the last 10 games played by Portland. The Blazers have seen the total hit over in 10 out of their 18 home games played this season. Head to head, the under is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games played between these two teams.
These teams have combined to score an average of 205.4 points per game in their last 10 meetings and an average of 220.33 points per game in their last three head to head encounters. Portland has allowed at least 116 points in three out of their last four games played and they are in the Bottom 8 in scoring defense while Charlotte has given up an average of 114 points per game in their last four assignments. I like these teams to hit the over in this game.
Prediction: Over 212.5