Free NBA Pick: Thunder vs. Hornets NBA Odds
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2020 NBA Handicapping
(0-0) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Hornets (0-1)
Date: Saturday, December 26
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Thunder +130 | Hornets -150
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder +3 | Hornets -3
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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Boxing Day finds the Oklahoma City Thunder playing their first game of the season versus the Charlotte Hornets.
The Thunder hold the all-time record between the clubs with 40 wins in 58 meetings. Last season the teams only played once due to the pandemic with Oklahoma City taking the contest 104-102 in overtime.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Two teams are yet to play a game this season and the Thunder are one of those clubs by virtue of the Houston Rockets not being able to bring a full complement of players to the game Wednesday which was subsequently postponed.
OKC was on the road for that match and traveled to Charlotte for this game so Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and his teammates will be anxious to get a game under their belt.
Including Gilgeous-Alexander only six players returned for the Thunder including Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Hamidou Diallo, Isaiah Roby, and Mike Muscala. The Thunder have 18 potential first-round draft picks in the next seven seasons.
In a dozen years of the franchise existence, the Thunder have only missed the playoffs twice but this season they’ll be looking to finish as low as possible in the standings with their eyes set on landing a prospect like Cade Cunningham in a very deep draft class.
Ty Jerome (sprained ankle), Theo Maledon (personal), and Darius Miller (Achilles) are all questionable for Saturday while Trevor Ariza remains away from the team with no timeline for a return.
In their opening match, the Charlotte Hornets fell to the Cavaliers 121-114. While GM Mitch Kupchak went out and added LaMelo Ball in the draft and brought in Gordon Hayward this team still feels like they might be in the lottery territory.
I’m not sure the Hornets want Terry Rozier taking 26 shots per game but the guard scored 42 points versus the Cavaliers adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.
There was a question whether recently acquired Gordon Hayward would be available after breaking a finger in the preseason but he suited up and delivered 28 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and a steal. He was highly efficient shooting 11 of 18 from the field, 4 of 8 from deep, and hit both free throws.
Devonte Graham delivered a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists while Bismack Biyombo scored 10 points as the only other double-figure contributor.
LaMelo had a rough debut matching his turnovers to his assists (three) and was 0 of 5 from the floor.
Grant Riller missed the last game and is questionable for Saturday. Cody Zeller suffered a broken hand that will hold him out for up to six weeks and Malik Monk is out after testing positive for COVID-19.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 18-8 in OKC last 26 Sat. games.
- CHA are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 15-7 in CHA last 22 Sat. games
Free Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
Two lottery teams face each other and while the Hornets seem to have the edge the loss of Zeller could be a factor.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets ATS
The Thunder finally get to start the tanking season and will be fun to watch (sometimes) but this one should be all Hornets
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