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(35-39) Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets (24-41)
Date: Friday March 31
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Charlotte -2
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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The Denver Nuggets are in a grind with the Portland Trail Blazers when it comes to chasing down the eighth seed Portland Trail Blazers.
The Charlotte Hornets aren’t making the postseason despite their hot start to the year that had many thinking they could legitimately be the second-best team in the Eastern Conference.
With Charlotte trending downward and the Nuggets desperate for wins, this one should be advantage Denver — despite the Hornets being two-point favorites at this juncture.
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
When the Nuggets traded Jusuf Nurkic for Mason Plumlee, it looked as if they’d become the favorites to make the postseason over the Trail Blazers.
Nurkic had gotten grumpy on the bench after falling behind Nikola Jokic in the rotation, and Plumlee had established himself as a legitimate playmaker at the center position.
In hindsight, the trade is still one the Nuggets likely needed to make. It had been proven that Nurkic couldn’t play alongside Jokic, and Plumlee at least gave them a rotation player who could (somewhat) mimic what the team’s starting center has to offer.
The catch is that while the Nuggets have improved slightly on paper, the Blazers have improved drastically. They’ve won eight of their last 10 games thanks to the addition of Nurkic, making every game that much more important for Denver.
Entering this contest, the Nuggets are scoring 111.4 points per game. That number is good enough for third in the league.
Defensively, Denver is allowing opponents to score 111.3 points per night. That number is only good enough for 27th in the league.
The Hornets don’t look like the same team that started the year hot. Kemba Walker, while still an All-Star-caliber point guard, has come down to earth — even moderately. That’s a problem when you have other players across the roster in down years.
Against Denver, controlling the pace will be of the utmost importance. The Nuggets get out and run faster than most across the league and get buckets upon buckets as a result.
In order to make this blueprint a success, two things must happen for the Hornets. For starters, they need to shoot efficiently in half-court sets. If they’re only able to shoot a high percentage in transition, that’s going to create a mentality that they’re able to get out and run.
The other thing that needs to happen is Charlotte must control the ball. Turnovers are only going to enable the Nuggets’ run-first offense.
If the Hornets can put those two things into practice, it’ll lead to good things.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Nuggets are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Nuggets are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss
- Hornets are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Hornets are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Nuggets are far from on fire at this point, having lost four of their last six contests. But we just can’t bet against a desperate team at this point in the season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Denver +2
Give this desperate Denver team the win both ATS and SU.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Denver Nuggets 111 – Charlotte Hornets 103
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