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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-15) Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns (23-5)
Date: Sunday, December 19th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hornets | Suns (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -8
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
Sunday, December 19th, finds the Charlotte Hornets playing the Phoenix Suns for the first time this season. The teams will finish the season series in Charlotte on January 2nd.
Charlotte last played Friday in a 116-125 losing effort versus the Blazers while the Suns played Thursday defeating the Wizards 118-98.
Last season, the squads played twice with each winning on the road. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Suns in 37 of their 62 matches.
LaMelo Ball returned to the hardcourt after missing six games dealing with health and safety protocols. Ball led his team with 27 points, five assists, four rebounds, and a steal in 29 minutes.
Ish Smith also returned so all the Hornets who missed time in quarantine are back for Charlotte now.
Miles Bridges produced a double-double of 14 points and 11 assists plus six rebounds, a steal, and two blocks. A trio of reserves also scored in double-figures including Kelly Oubre Jr. offering 18 points, PJ Washington registering 16 points while Cody Martin chipped in 14 points.
It was a rough shooting night for Terry Rozier who shot 1 of 10 from the field and Gordon Hayward who helped keep the Hornets humming with so many players out also had a cold shooting night (2 of 8) with six points.
From the tip, the Blazers jumped on the Hornets outscoring them 41-24 in the opening frame collecting 81 by the break and held a 26 point lead that swelled to 29.
Charlotte attempted to chip away at that massive lead cutting it to six points in the final frame but couldn’t get any closer.
Although Devin Booker has missed seven games with a hamstring injury the Suns continue to roll losing only to the Warriors and Clippers in those seven games in spite of being shorthanded with others also missing games during that stretch.
Having Chris Paul to keep the offense humming is a bonus and witnessing JaVale McGee step into the starting role to deliver a double-double reminded me why every big man would love to have a CP3 on his team.
It might be too soon to state Mikal Bridges is the captain of the Suns’ defense but it sure feels that way. The one starter who never gets much shine is Jae Crowder but his role and contributions are as important as CP3, Booker, Ayton, and Bridges.
Part of the reason the Heat weren’t as successful in 2020 was the loss of Crowder and you can bet part of their interest in Kyle Lowry was the grit he exudes on defense and something they lost when Crowder left.
Mikal Bridges DeAndre Ayton s. JaVale McGee (14), Cameron Johnson (13), and Cameron Payne (10) were the other double-digit scorers.
Abdel Nader (knee) is questionable for Sunday while Booker (hamstring), Frank Kaminsky (knee), and Dario Saric (knee) are all out indefinitely.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Hornets are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- The Hornets are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 meetings
- Over Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The Suns are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games.
- The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix’s last 9 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Charlotte’s last 11 games
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Some teams will get lured into the track meet the Hornets like to play — the Suns aren’t one of those teams.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Suns -8
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