Charlotte Hornets at Phoenix Suns - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets at Phoenix Suns - 12/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (23-5) vs Charlotte Hornets (16-15)

Game Info: Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -8.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Charlotte Hornets and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday in NBA action at the Footprint Center. The Charlotte Hornets need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Phoenix Suns look for a win after winning 10 of their last 12 games.

The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 115.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 116.6 points on 47.2 percent shooting. LaMelo Ball is averaging 20.3 points and 8.1 assists, while Miles Bridges is averaging 19.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. Gordon Hayward is the third double-digit scorer and Terry Rozier is dishing 3.5 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 111 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 23.2 points and 4.9 rebounds, while Deandre Ayton is averaging 16.9 points and 11.1 rebounds. Chris Paul is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is dishing 1.8 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.

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The Hornets are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Suns are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest. The over is 9-1-1 in Hornets last 11 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Suns last 6 overall. The Hornets are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

The Charlotte Hornets are starting to get some guys back in the mix, but they have yet to find their footing and their defense has been rough over the last two weeks. The Phoenix Suns win and cover numbers no matter who is on the floor, and they win at home by an average of 9.3 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. When the Hornets show up, they could compete in a game like this, but I'm still going to lean Suns at home here.

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Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns -8.5

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