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(20-17) Charlotte Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs (29-7)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7
Time: 8:30PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: San Antonio -11
NBA Betting Total: 207
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Saturday NBA sees two teams facing off from opposite conferences that are hoping to eventually prove they’re worthy of competing with the No. 1 seeds. The catch is that one of them is a legit contender, while the other is likely a mere pretender.
*All statistics, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 6.
The Charlotte Hornets, in this particular scenario described above, are the pretenders.
This isn’t a knock on who they are as a franchise. Kemba Walker is going to make his first and well-deserved All-Star Game barring a catastrophe among coach and media voting.
Nicolas Batum has become a jack of all trades, and guys like Marvin Williams, MKG and a slew of bigs in the frontcourt all know how to contribute in their respective roles.
The problem is that they’re a clear step behind the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they’ve yet to even prove they’re worthy of second-best consideration.
To start the year, Charlotte looked like it was going to be right there with the Toronto Raptors competing for the No. 2 seed. For a while, it looked like the better of the two.
Now, this group, while still talented and able to compete, is struggling prove its long-term worth in a top-heavy conference.
The good news, of course, is that the Hornets don’t have to worry about the Cavs on Saturday.
The bad news is that the team on the schedule is somewhere between half a step and a step beneath them, which is the ultimate compliment, whether a coach like Gregg Popovich would ever admit that.
(Note that Batum is out for this one).
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio, as you’ve gathered, is the contender.
San Antonio enters this contest having won seven of its last eight and an incredible 25 of its last 28.
On the year, the Spurs not only have the No. 1 defensive efficiency rating in the NBA, they also have the No. 4 offensive rating.
In his last six games, LaMarcus Aldridge is shooting a ridiculous 70.9 percent from the field.
He’s the first player throughout the entire league to complete 70 percent of 80 shots or more in a stretch of six contests since LeBron James (71.7 percent, 92 attempts) in 2013, per Elias Sports Bureau (h/t ESPN.com.)
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Spurs are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Spurs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Spurs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Spurs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Prediction:
Recent trends say the Hornets stand a chance ATS in this one, but season-long trends have the Spurs walking away with a victory of 11 points or higher.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: San Antonio -11
I’m not personally a big fan of choosing double-digit wins over teams destined to have home-court advantage in the postseason, but this Spurs group gives us no reason to doubt an 11-point win against just about anybody.
San Antonio’s average margin of victory over it’s last six wins? Twenty-two points.
There is only one loss tossed into that stretch, and it was a two-point drop to the Atlanta Hawks.
Give this one to the Spurs, and give it to them by a wide margin at home.
NBA Free Score Prediction: San Antonio 115 – Charlotte 102
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