The Houston Rockets (20-23) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (10-32) on Friday, January 26th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte and televised on BSSE. Both the Rockets and Hornets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Rockets vs Hornets
The Rockets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Rockets lost to the Trail Blazers with a final score of 137-131. The start of the second half saw the Rockets in the lead, at 63-57.
This season, the Rockets are 20-23 overall and are hoping to get a win over the Hornets. When playing on the road, the Rockets are 4-15, compared to their 16-8 record at home.
In terms of the spread, Houston currently holds an ATS record of 22-20, which is above .500. The Rockets have failed to cover the spread in three straight games as the favorite and are 13-15 vs. the spread as the underdog.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the Hornets’ most recent game against the Pistons, Brandon Miller led the Hornets with 23 points while going 8/17 from the field. Nick Richards contributed 21 points, but Charlotte lost the game 113-106.
Across their last ten games, the Hornets are 2-8 and come into today’s game vs. the Rockets with a record of 10-32. When playing against Eastern Conference teams, the Hornets are 7-20 and are 3-12 in non-conference games.
So far, Charlotte’s ATS record is below .500 at 15-25. When playing on the road, the Hornets hold an ATS record of 8-15 in contrast to a 7-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 112.9 points per game.
The Rockets are currently ranked 22nd in the NBA in scoring, averaging 112.9 points per game. However, they have been slightly better on the road, averaging 110.6 points compared to 114.7 at home.
So far this season, the Rockets have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 39.5% of their games. In terms of pace, Houston is 15th in the league with an average of 98.9 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, the Rockets are 25th in field goal percentage at 46%. Inside the arc, they have made 52% of their shots, which is 26th in the NBA. From beyond the arc, Houston is 27th in three-point shooting at 35%.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
Through 42 games games, Charlotte is averaging 108.7 points per game (28th).
Despite playing at a below-average pace, the Hornets are 8th in the NBA in two-point attempts per game. However, they are just 28th in two-point field goal percentage at 51%. Overall, Charlotte is 27th in field goal percentage at 45%.
When it comes to scoring, the Hornets are 28th in the NBA at 108.7 points per game. At home, they are averaging 108.4 points per game, which is 29th in the league.
So far, Charlotte has made 11.9 three-pointers per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. They have also been one of the league’s least efficient teams at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 30th in both attempts and makes.
Rockets Team Defense
So far, the Rockets defense is giving up 112.7 points per contest, which has them sitting 12th in the NBA. One thing to note, is they have given up more points than their season average in four straight matchups. Opponents are hitting 53.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.1% of their three-point attempts.
Hornets Team Defense
On defense, the Hornets are ranked 24th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 59.5% of their games. On two point field goal attempts, the Hornets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.4% and allowing 39.7% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Rockets And Hornets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Alperen Sengün as the primary point contributor for the Rockets, finishing with 18 points while maintaining a 7/14 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 22.1 points per game, in addition to 9.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place LaMelo Ball as the leading scorer for the Hornets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 23 while also collecting 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 43.5% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 24.3 points per game.
Rockets vs Hornets Trends
- Through their last five road contests, the Rockets offense has averaged 110 points per game while allowing an average of 122. Houston posted an overall record of 1-4 while going 0-5 ATS.
- Although Charlotte has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 115 points per game in these games.
- The last ten games that Charlotte was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 3-6-1 while going 2-8 straight up.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Houston has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 7-3 straight up.
Rockets vs Hornets Prediction
The Rockets is our pick to not only win with a projected score of 112-102. But we also favor them to cover the spread. Our bet is on the Rockets at -5.5.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 223.5, and our model predicts the Rockets and Hornets to score a combined 214 points. We recommend betting on the under.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!
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