Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/27/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City -4.5
Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets (13-20, 3rd in the Southeast Division) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-14, 3rd in the Northwest Division) at Spectrum Center on Friday, December 27, 2019. Oklahoma City opens this game as 4.5 point favorites. The total is set at 210.5.
The Thunder are covering the spread 62.1% of the time, having gone 18-11-0 ATS. Charlotte is covering 51.5% of the time, going 17-16-0 against the spread.
Key Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
12/23/2019 Danilo Gallinari SF Ankle Game Time Decision
12/4/2019 Andre Roberson SG Knee Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
11/25/2019 Hamidou Diallo SG Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jan 4
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/14/2019 P.J PF Finger Expected to be out until at least Dec 27
Danilo Gallinari comes into this game averaging 18.0 points per contest while playing 30.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is 90%. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander averages 19.1 points per contest in 35.1 minutes per game. He averages 3.0 assists per game and 5.0 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Terry Rozier scores 17.3 points per contest while playing 33.2 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.5 rebounds per contest and has 4.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Devonte' Graham averages 19.3 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 34.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.7 rebounds per game and has 7.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
Oklahoma City averages 109.2 points per contest, which is 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 1.3 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 5th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 42.6 boards per contest and 21.8 assists per game, which ranks them 25th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 19th with 14.5 per game. The Thunder allow 107.9 points per contest, which is 12th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 10th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 44.5 rebounds a game which ranks 10th, and they allow 22.7 assists per game which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 14.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 9th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte is 28th in the NBA with 104.2 points per contest this season. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -6.64. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 13th in the league. They are 26th in the NBA in rebounding with 42.5 boards per contest and 17th in assists per game with 23.6. The Hornets are 15th in turnovers per contest with 15.0. The Hornets give up 110.8 points per game, which ranks them 17th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 26th and 20th in those defensive statistics. They rank 30th with 27.1 dimes allowed per game and 19th with 46.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Hornets are 18th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per contest this year.
The Thunder are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 108.4, and their offensive rating of 109.6 is ranked 15th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 9th. As a unit they are 5th in the league in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 24th in the NBA. Oklahoma City is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 17th in the NBA.
Charlotte is 14th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Hornets are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 113.3, and their offensive rating of 106.5 is ranked 26th. They are 28th in the NBA in pace with 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 23rd. As a unit they are 25th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 6th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Thunder/Hornets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Charlotte +4.5
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