Hornets at Warriors Picks and NBA Betting Odds
by Dave Schwab - 4/3/2013
The New Orleans Hornets will kick off a five-game road trip this Wednesday night with a stop at the Oracle Center to face the Golden State Warriors. This Western Conference clash is set to tip off at 10:30 p.m., and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
The Hornets have managed to win four of their last six games both straight up and against the spread, but all of them were played in the friendly confines of the New Orleans Arena. The impressive part of the run were SU victories over Boston, Memphis and Denver, which are all headed to the postseason.
Golden State is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven outings with the total staying “under” in five of the games. It is currently holding onto sixth-place in the conference standings at 42-32 SU with Houston lurking just one game back.
Hornets at Warriors Betting Storylines
New Orleans was destined for another lottery-pick finish months ago, and at 26-48 SU it can only add a few more ping pong balls to its chances at a high draft pick over the final eight games of the regular season. Nonetheless, behind Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon and a solid nucleus of up-and-coming talent, this team is more than happy to play the role of spoiler down the stretch.
The problem is that much of its limited success has come on its home court this season. The Hornets are just 10-25 SU on the road this season but over .500 ATS at 19-16. This is the kind of team that shows up night after night only to prove that it may not beat you, but it is not about to go down without a fight.
The Warriors are the kind of team that New Orleans aspires to be. Their youthful talent consists of players such as Stephan Curry, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, who have been able to help this franchise turn the corner this season after finishing 13th in the West last year. Curry leads the team in scoring (22.6 points), assists (6.8) and steals (1.6), while Thompson has been an incredible surprise in his second year in the league with 16.2 points and 3.9 rebounds a game.
Golden State remains one of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA with an average of 100.9 points a game. Behind David Lee’s team-high 11.1 rebounds, it is ranked second in the league in total rebounds with 44.9 a game. The team’s main problem has been on the opposite end of the court where it is allowing an average of 100.2 points a game to its opponents.
Hornets at Warriors NBA Betting Odds and Trends
The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a SU win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. The total has gone over in six of their last eight games against the Pacific Division.
The Warriors are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against teams from the Southwest Division and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a SU win. The total has stayed under in eight of their last 10 conference games.
The road team in this series is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, and the total has stayed under in three of the last five games. Golden State has won all three previous meetings this season SU and holds a 2-1 edge ATS.
Hornets at Warriors Picks and Betting Predictions
You have to admire the Hornets play down the stretch as most teams in their position would simply be riding out the string, but all of their recent success has come at home. Stick with Golden State to keep the pressure on for all four quarters in this contest to cover the eight-point spread as every game counts in the battle to lock up that sixth seed.
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