Denver Nuggets at Charlotte Hornets Free NBA Picks & Odds 3-19-2016
by Josh Schonwald - 3/18/2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time Warner Cable Arena
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The Denver Nuggets travel to Time Warner Cable Arena to play the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The opening line for this game has Charlotte as 8.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 216.
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The Nuggets come into this game with an overall record of 28-41 and a road record of 12-22. They are 4th in the Northwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.4 as they are averaging 102.4 points per game while giving up 104.8 per contest. Denver is 4-9 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 15-27. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Hornets have an overall record of 39-29 and a home record of 26-10. They currently are 3rd in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 103.3 points per game and surrendering 101, good for a point differential of 2.3. Charlotte has a division record of 7-7 and a conference record of 25-15. In their last 10 games they are 9-1.
Kenneth Faried comes into this contest averaging 12.9 points per game while playing 25.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Nuggets. He pulls down 8.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 57% while his free throw percentage is currently at 60%. Gary Harris averages 12.1 points per game in 32.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 3 rebounds per game for Denver. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Kemba Walker averages 21.4 points per game while playing 36.1 minutes per contest this year for the Hornets. He grabs 4.5 rebounds per game and has 5.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Nicolas Batum averages 14.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.3 rebounds per contest and 5.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Denver averages 102.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 15th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 21st. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 7th and 13th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 14.7 per game. The Nuggets allow 104.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 22nd and 27th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 50.6 rebounds a game which ranks 9th and they give up 23.2 assists per contest which puts them in 24th place in the league. They force 14 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the league.
Charlotte averages 103.3 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 2.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 28th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 52.5 rebounds per game and 21.3 assists per contest which ranks them 12th and 19th respectively. In the turnover department the Hornets rank 2nd with 12.8 per game. The Hornets allow 101 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 12th and 14th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 23.2 assists per contest which puts them in 23rd place in the league. The Hornets force 13.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the NBA.
The Nuggets average 100.1 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 109 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -3.5 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -9.7 per contest. The Nuggets have an offensive rating of 105.9 and a defensive rating of 108.3. In terms of pace they average 95.9 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 27% of their shots. Denver turns the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Hornets score 105.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 104 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 0 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 6.4 points per game. The Hornets rating on offense is 106.8 and they have a defensive rating of 104.4. They get 95.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 35% of their shot attempts. Charlotte turns the ball over on 11.9 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.5 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 50%.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
The Denver Nuggets are 37-29-3 against the spread
The Denver Nuggets are 40-27-2 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 36-31-1 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 32-34-2 against the over/under
Denver Nuggets Injuries
11/12/15 F Wilson Chandler Hip out for season
03/18/16 F Kenneth Faried Back doubtful Saturday vs. Charlotte
02/28/16 F Danilo Gallinari Ankle out indefinitely
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
03/18/16 F Cody Zeller Knee injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Denver
03/01/16 F Spencer Hawes Back out indefinitely
02/16/16 F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Shoulder out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Denver
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