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(13-22) Charlotte Hornets vs. L.A. Clippers (15-19)
Date: Sunday December 31
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -5
NBA Betting Total: 214
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Sunday December 31 finds the Charlotte Hornets and L.A. Clippers ringing in the New Year at the STAPLES center. The Hornets are riding high having taken down the World Champs on their floor the night prior to Steph Curry returning. Speaking of returns to the court Blake Griffin made his first appearance since missing the past 11 games leading his Clippers to win over the Lakers.
Last season, the squads played their typical two games season series with the Clippers sweeping the set. This season the teams have met once already with Hornets winning 102-87. The Clippers hold the all-time record having bested the Hornets 29 of their 54 matches.
Trade talk is heating up in Charlotte with the squad not performing up to expectations through 33 games this season. Expectations preseason was for the Hornets to be among the playoff seeds with their versatile 2-way game. Flash forward and the squad look disjointed. Although Charlotte’s defense is adept, ranking just outside the top ten (11th), their offense is a mess (22nd).
Diving into the offense a commonality of the Hornets’ wins is the requirement for the team to register 101 points or over. In all 13 wins the Hornets hit this threshold. Conversely, in Charlotte’s 22 losses on 15 occasions the team failed to score 101 points. On the six occasions they did score 101 points two went to overtime.
Another key for the Hornets is turning the tide on the road where they’ve lost 12 of their 15 games. Charlotte has endured one of the more difficult schedules to date, and find themselves tied with the Bulls and Nets in 11th. They’ll need to go on a winning streak to get back in the mix should they want to make the postseason.
Blake Griffin made a triumphant return to the court leading his charges against their mutual tenants to garner a victory in his first game back. While most assumed the loss of Griffin signaled the Clippers would be lottery bound the team managed to remain close to the playoff pack. To wit, the Clippers sit ninth poised to climb back onto the playoff ladder with his return.
In his first game back Griffin affected all aspects of the game scoring 24 points, dishing 6 assists and grabbing 6 rebounds.
Injuries are still an issue for the Clippers who remain without their main free agent signee Danilo Gallinari, who is expected to remain out between 6 to 8 weeks with a glut injury. Austin Rivers suffered a right Achilles strain which kept him out of action the last game and will likely keep him out again versus Charlotte.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Hornets are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
- Hornets are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings.
- Clippers are 8-2 in last 10 head to head.
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. L.A. Clippers NBA Prediction: Take the home team
As much as the Hornets arrive with momentum from taking down the Warriors their road record and difficulty scoring 100 points looms. Given these facts and the Clippers having their own momentum in place with Griffin back in the fold it offers solid reason to bet the home team.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Clippers -2.5
Small spread can’t be ignored, take the Clippers and the 2.5 to cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Clippers 108 – Knicks 99
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