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NBA: Nuggets vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction 12/23/2023

The Denver Nuggets (20-10) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (7-19) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Spectrum Center. The Nuggets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nets. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

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The Nuggets Are Coming Off A Win

The Nuggets notched a win against the Nets in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 122-117. Despite being behind at halftime 60-58, the Nuggets picked up the win.

So far this season, the Nuggets are 20-10 overall and are above .500. In games against Western Conference teams, the Nuggets are 13-8 compared to 7-2 in non-conference games.

Against the spread, the Nuggets have covered in three straight games and have an overall ATS record of 14-15. This season, Denver has a 13-13 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 1-2 as underdogs.

The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent matchup, the Hornets conveyed a message to the Pacers with a score of 144-113. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Hornets couldn’t cover the spread as +10 point underdogs. Before the game, the over/under line was 246 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.

Coming into today’s game against the Nuggets, the Hornets are 7-19 overall and are looking to snap their six game losing streak. In the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are currently in 13th place and are 4th in the Southeast division.

Charlotte comes in with an overall ATS record of 9-16 so far this season. In their last three games as underdogs, the Hornets have faced ATS losses, and they have a 0-3 record against the spread as favorites.

Nuggets Offense Breakdown

In 30 games games, Denver has an average of 115.4 points per game (14th). So far, the Nuggets are averaging 96.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 3rd in made field goals per game.

Hornets Offense Breakdown

The Hornets come into today’s game as the 25th ranked scoring offense at 111 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Hornets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.7 per contest. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 16th in made shots per game.

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This season, the Nuggets defense has been impressive, holding the 5 position in the league while permitting an average of 110.5 points per contest.

When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Nuggets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 52.3% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.8% from downtown.

Hornets Team Defense

So far, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 26 in the league at 121.6 points per contest.

In their previous game, the Hornets’ defense struggled against the Pacers, giving up 144 points on a field goal percentage of 47%.

Key Players For The Nuggets And Hornets

In today’s game, we anticipate Nikola Jokic leading the scoring for the Nuggets, contributing 16 points while shooting 6/12 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 26.7 points per game, in addition to 12.3 rebounds.

On the other side, Terry Rozier is our projected leading scorer for the Hornets. We have him ending the game with a team-high 14 and grabbing 3 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 46.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23.2 points per game.

Nuggets vs Hornets Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Denver has an ATS record of 3-0 while averaging 116 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.
  • When looking at their past ten home matchups, Charlotte has an ATS record of 3-7 while averaging 110 per game. The team went 2-8 overall in these games.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Hornets have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 2-8.
  • The Nuggets have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.

Nuggets vs Hornets Prediction

For a point-spread wager in this Nuggets vs. Hornets game, we suggest taking the Hornets at +8.5. Even though our predictions have the Nuggets winning 109-105, we see the Hornets as the better choice on the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 226 and our model has the Nuggets and Hornets finishing with a combined 214 points. Our pick is to take the under.

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