The Golden State Warriors (28-7), the NBA’s top scoring team, will take on the Charlotte Hornets (12-22) at ORACLE Arena. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 212.5 points with Golden State opening as an 11-point favorite. Action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 29, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Carolina.
Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors Betting Preview
The Hornets lost to the Boston Celtics in their last game, 102-91. Charlotte’s Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds in the contest. Boston was lights out from beyond the arc (15-34; 44.1 percent). Charlotte, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.9 (above their season average of 22.5).
In the Warriors last game, they dismantled the Utah Jazz, 126-101. Golden State rallied around Kevin Durant, who led the team in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Golden State’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Utah. The Warriors had a rate of 0.657 (above their season average of 0.572), while the Jazz posted a mark of 0.435 (below their season average of 0.518).
Looking at effective field goal percentage, Golden State figures to have a significant advantage. The Warriors defense ranks first in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.485), while the Charlotte offense is ranked 30th in effective field goal percentage (0.487).
Of Charlotte’s 34 games, 18 have finished under the projected point total, while 18 of Golden State’s 35 games have finished over the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Warriors have a clear advantage. They are 28-7 SU and 17-18 ATS, while the Hornets are 12-22 SU and 12-18-4 ATS.
These teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to put up 188 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 215. The Warriors won 101-87, covering as 3-point favorites. Golden State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.542 vs. 0.381). Charlotte, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.4 vs. 18.6). Durant put up a triple-double in the victory, with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Charlotte Hornets at Golden State Warriors ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Warriors, O/U – Under
- The Warriors rank first in fast break points per game (22.0) while the Hornets rank 23rd (8.9).
- Golden State ranks 11th in three pointers attempted per game (30.0) while Charlotte ranks 24th in three pointers allowed per game (30.8).
- Charlotte ranks third in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.5) while Golden State ranks 24th (18.6).
- Charlotte ranks 14th in points in the paint per game (43.1) while Golden State ranks 19th in points allowed in the paint per game (44.9).
- On the road, Charlotte is 3-8-3 ATS with 7 overs, 6 unders and 1 push.
- Golden State is 9-9 ATS at home with 10 unders and 8 overs.
- Charlotte is 6-2 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Golden State is 10-2.
- The Warriors are 25-4 when they reach 100 points, while the Hornets are 12-9.
- The Warriors rank first in blocks per game (8.6) while the Hornets rank 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
- Golden State ranks first in assists per game (30.2) while Charlotte ranks 27th (20.4).
- The Warriors rank sixth in steals per game (8.6) while the Hornets rank last (6.3).
- The Warriors average 45.1 rebounds per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. The Hornets rank 19th in rebounds allowed per game (43.5).
- Charlotte ranks first in second chance points allowed per game (9.5) while Golden State ranks 25th (13.5).
- Golden State is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Charlotte is 1-2-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Warriors average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.4, down from 10.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 105.2 points per game (1.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.4 points per game (1.0 above their season average).