The Charlotte Hornets (8-10) will be at home in Spectrum Center when they square off against the San Antonio Spurs (11-7). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox Sports Carolina.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Charlotte Hornets ATS Preview
In the Spurs last game, they lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-90. San Antonio’s Pau Gasol put up 17 points and nine rebounds in the contest. New Orleans did a fantastic job of making free throws (22-24; 91.7 percent). San Antonio, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (13.7 vs. 14.1).
The Hornets are hoping for a better outcome after their 100-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last contest. Dwight Howard was Charlotte’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Cleveland held the Hornets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.441 (below their season average of 0.506). Charlotte, meanwhile, held the Cavaliers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 7.0 (below their season average of 21.8).
Charlotte does a great job at getting to the charity stripe. They rank third in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.240), but San Antonio is among the best in the league at keeping opponents off the line (ranking second by allowing a FTA rate of 0.159). Moreover, the Spurs, who rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (25.6 percent), will clash against the Hornets, who rank first in defensive rebounding percentage (81.3 percent).
Of San Antonio’s 18 games, 11 have finished under the projected point total, while 9 of Charlotte’s 17 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Spurs have a clear advantage. They are 11-7 SU and 9-8-1 ATS, while the Hornets are 8-10 SU and 8-8-1 ATS.
Howard has taken his game to another level over the last five games for Charlotte, averaging 17.2 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined for 209 points, which was over the projected point total of 200.5. The Spurs won 108-101, covering as 5-point underdogs. San Antonio’s 0.524 effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Charlotte, who had a mark of 0.463. Despite the loss, Jeremy Lamb was the games leading scorer with 27 points.
San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Hornets ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Over
- The Spurs rank second in blocks per game (6.1) while the Hornets rank 15th (4.7).
- San Antonio ranks seventh in rebounds per game (45.6) while Charlotte ranks 17th in rebounds allowed per game (44.2).
- Charlotte ranks third in steals allowed per game (7.0) while San Antonio ranks 15th (8.0).
- San Antonio is 1-6-1 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is 7-2 ATS at home.
- The total has gone under in 6 of the Spurs 8 road games, while 5 of the Hornets 9 home games have gone over.
- When holding opponents below 100 points, San Antonio is 7-3 and Charlotte is 4-1.
- When scoring over 100 points, the Hornets are 8-4 and the Spurs are 8-0.
- The Hornets rank second in fast break points allowed per game (7.5) while the Spurs rank 13th (11.2).
- San Antonio ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (25.6) while Charlotte ranks 28th (32.3).
- The Spurs rank ninth in assists per game (23.2) while the Hornets rank 27th (20.2).
- The Spurs rank third in second chance points per game (14.8) while the Hornets rank 11th (13.0).
- Charlotte ranks third in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.4) while San Antonio ranks 17th (17.7).
- Charlotte is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, San Antonio is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
- The Hornets average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.4, up from 0.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 94.6 points per game (6.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 96.4 points per game (2.3 below their season average).