Monday, December 21, 2015
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The Charlotte Hornets travel to Toyota Center to play the Houston Rockets on Monday, December 21, 2015. The opening line for this game has Houston as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 209.
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The Hornets come into this game with an overall record of 15-11 and a road record of 4-7. They are 3rd in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 3.7 as they are averaging 102.7 points per game while giving up 99 per contest. The Rockets have an overall record of 14-14 and a home record of 8-7. They currently are 4th in the Southwest Division. They are averaging 104.3 points per game and surrendering 106, good for a point differential of -1.7.
Kemba Walker comes into this contest averaging 18.2 points per game while playing 34.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Hornets. He pulls down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 81%. Nicolas Batum averages 16.4 points per game in 33.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.7 assists per contest and 6.5 rebounds per game for Charlotte. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
James Harden averages 28.5 points per game while playing 38.3 minutes per contest this year for the Rockets. He grabs 6.2 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 87%. Dwight Howard averages 13.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 11.9 rebounds per contest and 1.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 58% and his free throw percentage is 52%.
Charlotte averages 102.7 points per contest this season which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 3.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 16th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 52.2 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per game which ranks them 20th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 1st with 12.8 per game. The Hornets allow 99 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 14th and they give up 23.4 assists per contest which puts them in 26th place in the league. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Houston averages 104.3 points per game this year which ranks them 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 53.6 rebounds per game and 21.5 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 15th respectively. In the turnover department the Rockets rank 28th with 16.9 per game. The Rockets allow 106 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 12th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54.1 rebounds a game which ranks 24th and they give up 23.9 assists per contest which puts them in 28th place in the league. The Rockets force 16.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 14-11-1 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 13-12-1 against the over/under
Houston Rockets Betting Trends
The Houston Rockets are 11-17-0 against the spread
The Houston Rockets are 12-14-2 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/17/15 C Al Jefferson Suspension expected to miss 5 games; eligible to return December 26th
11/05/15 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
Houston Rockets Injuries
12/20/15 PG Ty Lawson Suspension expected to miss Monday vs. Charlotte
11/18/15 F Sam Dekker Back out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Houston
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