The Charlotte Hornets (16-34) will attempt to snap their six-game road losing streak in a matchup against the Houston Rockets (31-18) at Toyota Center. The game will air on ATTSN Southwest at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets ATS Prediction
In the Hornets’ last game, they were 8.5-point favorites and were defeated by the Orlando Magic, 112-100. The combined points for the game (212) finished just under the O/U total of 214.5. Orlando launched 34 three pointers, making 16 of them (47.1 percent), while Charlotte was 9-31 (29.0 percent). Miles Bridges had a good outing for Charlotte, recording 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans in their last outing, 117-109, covering as 5-point favorites. The game’s combined points (226) finished well under the projected point total of 252. Houston’s turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over New Orleans. The Rockets had a rate of 5.8 (better than their season average of 12.3), while the Pelicans posted a mark of 17.0 (above their season average of 13.0). James Harden was the game’s high scorer with 40 points on 12-for-24 shooting from the field.
After the Rockets won both meetings against the Hornets last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last contest, Houston won 118-106. Houston had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.3 vs. 14.0). Charlotte, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (10.3 vs. 12.0).
Charlotte heads into the game with records of 16-34 straight up (SU) and 23-24-2 against the spread (ATS). Games featuring the Hornets have gone under the total 51.0 percent of the time.
Meanwhile, Houston owns records of 31-18 SU and 24-25 ATS. Games featuring the Rockets tend to finish under the total (55.1 percent).
The productive offense of Houston will clash against the bottom-tier defense of Charlotte. The Rockets rank third in offensive efficiency, while the Hornets are 28th in defensive efficiency. The Rockets figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Charlotte Hornets at Houston Rockets Odds Pick
Free NBA Pick: SU Winner – Rockets, ATS Winner – Rockets, O/U – Under
On the road, Charlotte is 14-13 ATS with 15 overs and 12 unders.
At home, Houston is 12-12 ATS with 12 overs and 12 unders.
When allowing below 100 points, Charlotte is 4-0 and Houston is 3-0.
When scoring over 100 points, the Rockets are 31-16 and the Hornets are 13-19.
Charlotte ranks third in fast break points allowed per game (11.7) while Houston ranks 27th (15.6).
The Rockets rank fifth in rebounds per game (46.4) while the Hornets rank 26th (42.5).
Houston ranks first in three pointers attempted per game (43.5) while Charlotte ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (34.4).
The Rockets rank 10th in steals per game (8.1) while the Hornets rank 26th (6.6).
Houston scores 18.1 points off turnovers per game, which ranks fifth in the league. Charlotte ranks 18th in points off turnovers given up per game (17.2).
The Hornets rank 15th in assists per game (24.1) while the Rockets rank 28th (21.6).
Houston averages 47.6 points in the paint per game, which ranks 17th in the NBA. Charlotte ranks 25th in points allowed in the paint per game (51.4).
The Hornets average 12.8 second chance points per game, which ranks 18th in the NBA. The Rockets rank 24th in second chance points allowed per game (13.8).
In its last five games, Charlotte is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
Houston is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over its last five games.
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.6, up from 7.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rockets have scored an average of 118.6 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 117.8 points per game (3.2 above their season average).