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(13-23) Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings (12-24)
Date: Tuesday January 2
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Charlotte -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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The Charlotte Hornets enter this contest coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, but they’ve split their last four overall.
The Sacramento Kings enter this one having lost two straight to the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns, as well as four of their last five.
The Hornets enter this game scoring 104.2 points per contest. That number is good enough for 17th in the league.
Defensively, Charlotte is giving up 106.2 points per night, which puts them in 19th place so far this season.
Against Sacramento, the Hornets need to be opportunistic on offense. The Kings are going to give them plenty of opportunities to score in transition, so the Kemba Walker-led squad needs to take full advantage.
Look for Dwight Howard to also have a big game.
The Kings have plenty of youth and potential in their frontcourt, but they’re a couple years away from being able to regularly contain someone who can rebound at an elite level (yes, Dwight Howard still does that) and create his own scoring opportunities off those boards.
The Kings enter this game as the 30th-best scoring team so far this season. They are averaging just 97 points per night, and they are also dead last in Offensive Efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions).
On the defensive side of the floor, Sacramento is in 15th place in terms of points per game allowed, putting them in the very middle of the pack.
The team is giving up 105.7 points per contest, but that has much more to do with the pace at which they play, not their defensive aptitude.
On the year, Sacramento is running at the third-slowest pace of any team across the league. But the problem is that their 15th-ranked defense in terms of points per game is really a deceiving number.
On the season, the Kings have the worst defensive efficiency of any team in the NBA, as they give up 110 points per 100 possessions, which is last by a relative long shot.
NBA Betting Trends:
- CHA are 4-12-3 ATS in their last 19 road games.
- Under is 7-3 in CHA last 10 overall.
- CHA are 5-11-2 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
- Under is 8-3 in SAC last 11 Tue. games.
- SAC are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Tue. games.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings NBA Prediction:
We’re not going to sugar coat this.
There’s really no reason to trust the Sacramento Kings right now.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte ATS
The Kings are going to find their groove for stretches at a time during the season’s second half, but until we see it actually happen, there’s little reason to believe in them as they plunge further down the Western Conference standings.
Of course, as we all know, stranger things have happened. But at this point, picking anything other than Charlotte ATS seems ill-advised.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte Hornets 105 – Sacramento Kings 97
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