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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Charlotte Hornets vs. Denver Nuggets

December 23, 2023


The Denver Nuggets will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center with the game tipping off at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday evening and will air on Bally Sports Charlotte.

 

Denver has been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season as they enter the game with the 3rd best record in the Western Conference with a record of 20-10 and are on a three-game winning streak following Friday’s 122-117 win on the road against the Brooklyn Nets. Nikola Jokic is having another MVP-caliber season this year as he enters this game leading the team in scoring, rebounds, and assists with 26.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game. 

 

The Nuggets have been one of the best defensive teams in the league as they enter this game allowing an average of 110.31 points per game which ranks 4th in the NBA, however, they have been a below-average team offensively as they enter this game averaging 115.17 points per game. The Denver Nuggets will look to win their 4th game in a row when they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening.

 

The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference this year as they enter this matchup with the 3rd worst record in the conference with a record of 7-19 and are on a six-game losing streak following Wednesday’s 113-144 loss on the road against the Indiana Pacers.

 

The Hornets have been one of the worst defensive teams in the league as they enter this game allowing an average of 121.62 points per game which ranks 26th in the NBA while also being a below-average team offensively as they are averaging 111.04 points per game which is the 6th lowest in the league. 

 

Charlotte has dealt with a lot of significant injuries this season as LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, and Miles Bridges have all missed multiple games. However, when healthy, LaMelo Ball remains one of the best players on the team as he is averaging 24.7 points and 8.2 assists per game this season. The Charlotte Hornets will look to end their six-game losing streak when they host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday evening.

 

BookMaker has the Denver Nuggets listed as 8-point favorites on the road against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening. Denver has won eight of the last ten including the previous three meetings. The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last ten while the Nuggets have covered the spread in two of the last three games in the series. The Denver Nuggets are 13-15-2 ATS overall, 6-10-1 ATS on the road, and 12-13-2 ATS as a favorite this season while the Charlotte Hornets are 10-16 ATS overall, 6-8 ATS at home, and 10-13 ATS as an underdog on the year.

 

Denver has been the better team this season and in the series, winning eight of the last ten including the previous three matchups. The Nuggets have also been the slightly better team at covering the spread this season as they are 13-15-2 ATS overall while the Hornets are 10-16 ATS overall. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am laying the points with the Denver Nuggets when they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday evening.

 

Spooky Express Pick: Denver Nuggets -8