Houston Rockets at Charlotte Hornets - 12/27/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Houston Rockets at Charlotte Hornets - 12/27/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets (17-17) vs Houston Rockets (10-23)

Game Info: Monday, December 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 235 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Houston Rockets pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Monday night.

The Houston Rockets have been in a major slump as they’ve lost seven of their past nine games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a three-game skid after getting stopped by the Pacers in a 118-106 road loss on Thursday. Christian Wood led the team with 22 points, Jalen Green drained six 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, Jae’Sean Tate scored 18 points while Eric Gordon chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Rockets shot 43 percent from the field and 15 of 37 from the 3-point line as they struggled clawed their way back from an early 11-point deficit to take the lead late in the third quarter, only to go ice-cold when it mattered most as they managed just 12 points in the fourth quarter to allow the Pacers to pull away late.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a slump as they’ve lost nine of their past 13 games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after snapping a three-game skid with a 115-107 road win over the Nuggets on Thursday. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the team in scoring with 23 points off the bench, Terry Rozier added 17 points while Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball each scored 16 points. As a team, the Hornet shot 41 percent from the field and 16 of 47 from the 3-point line as they struggled for most of the game, falling behind by as many as 19 points, before taking over in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Nuggets by an amazing 38-13 to win comfortably in the end.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Hornets are 8-0 ATS their last eight home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Head to head, the under is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings overall and the under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings Charlotte.

Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. are both listed as questionable for the Rockets, while the Hornets are without Miles Bridges and PJ Washington who have both entered the league’s health and safety protocols. These two teams have already met once this season with the Rockets winning by 146-143 back on Nov 27. The Hornets haven’t been at their best lately, but they will take plenty of confidence from their comeback win over the Nuggets on Thursday and they are 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games. I’m sticking with the Hornets to get the job done against a shorthanded Rockets team in this spot.

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Peter’s Pick Charlotte -5.5

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