Charlotte Hornets at Denver Nuggets - 12/18/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (17-11) vs Charlotte Hornets (7-22)

Game Info: Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -8.5 -- Over/Under: 238.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets meet Sunday in NBA action at the Ball Arena. The Charlotte Hornets have lost 7 straight games. The Denver Nuggets have split their last 8 games.

The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 110.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 117.3 points on 48 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 21.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, while LaMelo Ball is averaging 21.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.4 rebounds per game.

The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.7 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 114.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 24.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, while Jamal Murray is averaging 18 points and 3.8 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Porter Jr. is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game.

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The Hornets are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nuggets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 20-8 in Hornets last 28 road games. The under is 7-3 in Nuggets last 10 home games. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Denver.

The Charlotte Hornets should be better with Ball back in the lineup, but we're still talking about a team that's getting waxed nightly and loses on the road by an average of 8.3 points. The Hornets are fade material still until further notice. The Denver Nuggets are still one of the tougher home teams in the league, where they win by an average of 9.5 points. I have no choice but to lay the chalk with the Nuggets, given my lack of trust in the Hornets.

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Randy’s Pick Denver Nuggets -8.5

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