The Charlotte Hornets (9-16) will try to snap an eight-game road losing streak when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, December 11, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Oklahoma.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ATS Preview
The Hornets were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers in their last matchup, 110-99. Charlotte’s Dwight Howard put together a good performance, finishing with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Los Angeles did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (15-21; 71.4 percent). Charlotte, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (10.0 vs. 12.9).
The last time the Thunder played, they beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-101. Oklahoma City was lifted by Russell Westbrook, who recorded his seventh triple-double of the season. He played a good game, racking up 20 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Oklahoma City dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.196 (above their season average of 0.186) and a turnover percentage of 8.6 (better than their season average of 13.2). For those same stats, Memphis recorded marks of 0.114 and 12.8, respectively.
Expect this one to be a clinic on boxing out as two of the NBA’s top rebounding teams square off. The Thunder rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (26.5 percent), while Charlotte ranks second in defensive rebounding percentage (81.4 percent). Furthermore, the 22nd-ranked offense of the Hornets (offensive efficiency of 102.9) will square off against the second-ranked defense of the Thunder (defensive efficiency of 101.2).
Of Charlotte’s 25 games, 13 have finished under the projected point total, while 16 of Oklahoma City’s 25 games have finished under the O/U total. The Thunder have the better straight up (SU) record (12-13 vs. 9-16), but the Hornets hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (10-14-1 vs. 7-17-1).
Steven Adams has really been playing well over the last five games for Oklahoma City, averaging 16.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Hornets won both games played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Charlotte won 113-101. The Hornets dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.364 and a turnover percentage of 14.9. The Thunder put up marks of 0.131 and 21.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Charlotte Hornets at Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Thunder, ATS Winner – Thunder, O/U – Under
- The Thunder rank third in points allowed in the paint per game (39.8) while the Hornets rank 16th (43.8).
- Oklahoma City averages 4.8 blocks per game, which ranks 13th in the league. Charlotte ranks 18th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
- Charlotte ranks second in rebounds per game (47.0) while Oklahoma City ranks 14th (43.5).
- Oklahoma City is 5-6-1 ATS at home, while Charlotte is 2-8-1 ATS on the road.
- The Hornets have 5 overs, 5 unders and 1 push in 11 road games.
- The Thunder have 8 unders and 4 overs in 12 home games.
- Charlotte is 5-1 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Oklahoma City is 9-4.
- The Hornets are 9-7 when they score over 100 points, while the Thunder are 10-5.
- The Hornets rank first in second chance points allowed per game (10.0) while the Thunder rank ninth (11.4).
- Oklahoma City ranks first in steals per game (10.2) while Charlotte ranks 29th (6.2).
- The Thunder rank second in points off turnovers per game (19.7) while the Hornets rank 25th (15.0).
- The Thunder rank 25th in assists per game (20.8) while the Hornets rank 28th (20.3).
- Oklahoma City averages 29.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. Charlotte ranks 26th in three pointers allowed per game (31.2).
- Oklahoma City is 0-5 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Charlotte is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push.
- The Thunder’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 2.8 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 100.2 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.8 points per game (1.0 below their season average).