Charlotte Hornets (26-54) vs Houston Rockets (20-60)
Game Info: Friday, April 7, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Rockets and the Charlotte Hornets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Friday night.
The Houston Rockets have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games overall, but they will be eager to stay hot in this one after blowing past the Nuggets in a 124-103 upset win on Tuesday. Jalen Green led the team with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists, Alperen Sengun and Kevin Porter Jr scored 20 points each while Jabari Smith Jr chipped in with 16 points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Rockets shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they hung around and kept the game close until the fourth quarter where they outscored the Nuggets by 38-18 to make it a blowout win in the end.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in fair shape as they’ve split their last eight games, but they will be hoping to arrest a three-game skid after getting thrashed by the Raptors in a 120-100 loss on Tuesday. Bryce McGowens led the team with 20 points, Nick Richards added 18 points with 11 rebounds on seven of nine shooting while Svi Mykhailiuk chipped in with 17 points and seven assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line, but they were always fighting an uphill battle after getting outscored by 36-20 in the second quarter to waste a quick start.
Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on two days rest. The Hornets are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a double-digit loss at home.
Head to head, the under is 22-9 in the last 31 meetings overall, the Rockets are 0-3-1 ATS in the last four meetings in Charlotte and the Rockets are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Rockets are still missing Jae’Sean Tate, while the Hornets are again without LaMelo Ball. The Rockets were really struggling to stay competitive before they snapped out of it with a big upset win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, so I’m not too surprised that they’ve opened as favorites here. The Hornets represent decent value as home underdogs, but they looked poor in their last three losses and I think their troubles continue here.