The Charlotte Hornets (8-27) travel to face off against the San Antonio Spurs (6-30) on Friday, January 12th. This game will be played at Frost Bank Center in San Antonio and televised on BSSW. The Spurs are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pistons. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Hornets vs Spurs
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hornets were defeated by the Kings in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 123-98. The Hornets picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 71-59.
The Hornets come into today’s game vs. the Spurs with a 8-27 overall record and have gone 1-9 in their last ten games. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 13th place and are 4th in the Southeast division.
So far, Charlotte is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 13-20. This season, Charlotte has a 0-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 13-17 as underdogs.
The Spurs Are Coming Off A Win
The Spurs picked up a win over the Pistons in their latest game, finishing with a score of 130-108. Not only did the Spurs win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -3.5 point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 237.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
In their last five games, the Spurs have gone 1-4 and have an overall record of 6-30. This season, the Spurs are 4-15 on the road and 2-15 at home.
So far, San Antonio’s ATS record is below .500 at 16-20. San Antonio has gone 2-0 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 14-20 when playing as underdogs.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
This season, the Charlotte offense is ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 109.2 points per game.
Heading into their matchup with the Spurs, the Hornets are 28th in the league in scoring at 109.2 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 109.8 points per game.
So far this season, Charlotte has outscored the NBA scoring average in 40% of their games. In terms of pace, the Hornets are 21st in the league at 98.1 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Hornets are 25th in field goal percentage at 46%. They are also 27th in two-point field goal percentage at 51%.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
The Spurs come into today’s game as the 25th ranked scoring offense at 111.9 points per game.
This season, the Spurs have been one of the more efficient teams in terms of pace, as they are currently ranked 3rd in the league with 102.2 possessions per game. In terms of scoring, they are averaging 111.9 points per game, which is 25th in the NBA.
Heading into this game, the Spurs have been a better offensive team at home, averaging 115.2 points per game compared to 108.9 on the road. In terms of field goal percentage, the Spurs are 27th in the league at 45%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Spurs are 29th in the league in both three-point shooting percentage (34%) and free throw attempts (19.7 per game). Overall, they are 27th in true shooting percentage.
Hornets Team Defense
On average, the Charlotte defense is giving up 120.1 points per game (25th). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Charlotte struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Kings, giving up 8. For the game, Sacramento scored 123 points in the game.
Spurs Team Defense
Facing Charlotte, the Spurs aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 122.3 points allowed per game (26th). In the terms of takeaways, Spurs are causing 14.5 turnovers per game, ranking 28th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 9th in rejections, averaging 5.9 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Hornets And Spurs
In today’s game, our projections have LaMelo Ball leading the Hornets with 23 points on 8/19 shooting from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.7 points per game, along with 5.5 rebounds.
On the other side, Keldon Johnson is our projected leading scorer for the Spurs. We have him ending the game with a team-high 18 and grabbing 6 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 45.5% and is averaging 17.5 points per contest.
Hornets vs Spurs Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Charlotte has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 105 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- In their last three home games, San Antonio has averaged 114 points per game while allowing 110. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 3-0.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 1-9. But, their mark vs the spread was just 4-5-1.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Spurs have a straight up record of 9-1. Their record vs the spread in these games was 7-3.
The Spurs is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 108-103. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Spurs at -1.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 241, and our model projects the Hornets and Spurs to reach a combined total of 211 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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