The Golden State Warriors (19-6), the NBA’s top scoring team, will challenge the Charlotte Hornets (9-13) at Spectrum Center. Golden State opened as a 5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 219.5 points. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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The Warriors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in their last outing, 125-115. Stephen Curry led Golden State in scoring with 31 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Golden State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.218 (above their season average of 0.197) and a turnover percentage of 13.9 (better than their season average of 14.4). For those same stats, New Orleans recorded marks of 0.099 and 17.7, respectively.
The last time the Hornets played, they defeated the Orlando Magic, 104-94. Charlotte rallied around Kemba Walker, who was the top scorer from either team with 29 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Charlotte played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.393 (above their season average of 0.246) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.9 (above their season average of 22.4). Orlando was 0.146 and 10.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Charlotte might have a tough time putting up points as they go head-to-head against one of the leagues best defenses. Golden State ranks seventh in defensive efficiency while the Hornets rank 20th in offensive efficiency.
Of Golden State’s 25 games, 15 have finished over the projected point total, while 11 of Charlotte’s 22 games have finished under the projected point total. The Warriors have the better straight up (SU) record (19-6 vs. 9-13) and a narrow edge against the spread (ATS) (12-13 vs. 10-11-1).
Draymond Green has been impressive over the last five games for Golden State, averaging 10.2 points, 8.8 assists, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Warriors won both games played against each other last season. In the last game, Golden State won 126-111. The Warriors played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.8 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.599. For those same stats, the Hornets put up marks of 13.6 and 0.494, respectively.
Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Warriors, O/U – Under
- The Hornets rank second in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.7) while the Warriors rank 24th (18.9).
- Golden State ranks first in blocks per game (8.3) while Charlotte ranks 18th (4.5).
- Charlotte ranks second in second chance points allowed per game (10.2) while Golden State ranks 24th (13.3).
- Charlotte ranks 18th in points in the paint per game (42.8) while Golden State ranks 23rd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.2).
- Golden State is 7-7 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is 8-3 ATS at home.
- The total has gone over in 9 of the Warriors 14 road games, while 6 of the Hornets 11 home games have gone under.
- Golden State and Charlotte are both 5-1 when they allow below 100 points.
- In games where they score above 100 points, the Hornets are 9-6 and the Warriors are 18-4.
- The Warriors rank eighth in three pointers attempted per game (31.5) while the Hornets rank 28th in three pointers allowed per game (32.0).
- Charlotte ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (7.5) while Golden State ranks 29th (14.3).
- The Warriors rank first in assists per game (31.1) while the Hornets rank 26th (20.4).
- The Hornets rank second in rebounds per game (46.9) while the Warriors rank 10th (44.8).
- Charlotte ranks fifth in steals allowed per game (7.0) while Golden State ranks 29th (9.0).
- Charlotte is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Golden State is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 5.8, up from 1.0 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 122.8 points per game (4.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 111.0 points per game (3.8 above their season average).