The San Antonio Spurs (7-33) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (8-30) on Friday, January 19th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte and televised on BSSE. Both the Spurs and Hornets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Spurs vs Hornets
The Spurs Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Spurs fell to the Celtics by a score of 117-98. The Spurs picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 70-45.
With their current record of 7-33, the Spurs are 2-3 in their last five games. In the Western Conference, the Spurs are ranked 15th and are 5th in the Southwest division.
So far, San Antonio’s ATS record is below .500 at 18-22. San Antonio has covered the spread in three straight home games and are 9-10 ATS at home compared to 9-12 on the road.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Pelicans, LaMelo Ball was the top scorer for the Hornets’ offense, scoring 29 points and shooting 8/19 from the field. While Terry Rozier was 2nd on the team with 25 points, Charlotte fell short in the game with a final score of 132-112.
Heading into today’s game against the Spurs, the Hornets are 8-30 this season. Currently, they are 13th in the Eastern Conference and are 4th in the Southeast division.
Charlotte possesses an ATS record of 13-23 for this season, including their ongoing four game losing streak against the spread. The Hornets have suffered four consecutive ATS losses when playing as underdogs, and they are 0-3 against the spread when they are the favorites.
Spurs Offense Breakdown
San Antonio has recorded an average of 111.9 points per game (25th) throughout 40 games games.
So far this season, the Spurs’ offense has been below the NBA scoring average in 55% of their games. They are currently 25th in the league in scoring at 111.9 points per game. On the road, their scoring average drops to 107.9 points per game.
San Antonio’s offense is 3rd in the NBA in pace, averaging 102.1 possessions per game. However, they are just 28th in field goal percentage at 45%. In terms of two-point shooting, the Spurs are 22nd in the league at 53%.
From beyond the arc, San Antonio is 15th in three-pointers made per game but just 28th in three-point shooting percentage at 34%. Overall, they are 27th in true shooting percentage.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
Through 38 games games, Charlotte is averaging 108.4 points per game (28th).
At home, the Hornets are averaging 108.6 points per game, which is 29th in the NBA. Overall, they are 28th in scoring at 108.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 27th in the league at 45%. When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hornets are 26th in the NBA at 35%.
So far this season, Charlotte has made 15.2 free throws per game, which is last in the league. In terms of pace, they are 21st in the NBA at 98.1 possessions per game. When it comes to assists, the Hornets are 24th in the league at 24.8 per game.
Overall, Charlotte has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 36.8% of their games. In terms of true shooting percentage, they are 28th in the league. When it comes to two-point shooting, they are 29th in the NBA at 51%.
Spurs Team Defense
On defense, the Spurs come into the game ranked 26th in the league in points allowed at 121.2 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 116 points per contest (6th). Inside the arc, the Spurs defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.3% and 38.6% from three-point territory.
Hornets Team Defense
Facing San Antonio, the Hornets aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 120.4 points allowed per game (25th). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Hornets are forcing 13.2 per game, which is 17th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 19th in blocked shots at 4.9 per game.
Key Players For The Spurs And Hornets
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Keldon Johnson will be the primary scorer for the Spurs, with 18 points and going 6/14 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 16.9 points per game, along with 5.9 rebounds.
On the other side, LaMelo Ball is our projected leading scorer for the Hornets. We have him ending the game with a team-high 23 and grabbing 6 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 43.4%, and he is contributing 24.9 points per game on average.
Spurs vs Hornets Trends
- Through their last three road games, San Antonio has an ATS record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 109 points per game.
- Across their ten previous home games, Charlotte has an ATS mark of 3-7. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-9 while averaging 104 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Spurs have an ATS mark of just 5-5 in their last ten games. San Antonio posted a straight up mark of 1-9 in these matchups.
- Going back to their previous three games as the favorite, Charlotte has an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 1-2 straight up.
As the underdogs with a spread of +4.5, we recommend going with the Spurs on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 236.5 and given that our model is projecting 211 points between the teams, we like the under.
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