Charlotte Hornets at Denver Nuggets - 12/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets at Denver Nuggets - 12/23/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (15-15) vs Charlotte Hornets (16-17)

Game Info: Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -3 -- Over/Under: 229 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Ball Arena. The Charlotte Hornets need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Denver Nuggets look for a win after splitting their last 12 games.

The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 114.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 117.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting. LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.9 points and 8.2 assists, while Miles Bridges is averaging 19.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. Gordon Hayward is the third double-digit scorer and Terry Rozier is dishing 3.3 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 47 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.3 points and 13.5 rebounds, while Will Barton is averaging 15.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Monte Morris is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

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The Hornets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Nuggets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 10-2-1 in Hornets last 13 overall. The over is 16-5 in Nuggets last 21 overall. The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Denver.

The Charlotte Hornets are one of the healthier teams in the league right now, and they have the rest advantage here. However, the Hornets are in awful form right now, losing nine of their last 12 games and losing their last five games by an average of 11.6 points. The Denver Nuggets play their best ball at home, where they win by an average of 3.2 points, and they win in the favorite role by an average of 4.1 points. I need to see the Hornets turn things around before I can back them in these spots. Give me the Nuggets.

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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets -3

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