Golden State Warriors vs Charlotte Hornets betting tips and predictions for Sunday’s clash in the NBA. Stephen Curry returns to the city he grew up in as the Golden State Warriors take on the Charlotte Hornets. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Golden State Warriors
The hottest team in the NBA hits the road following a 8-game homestand which they finished with a 7-1 record. Their latest victim were the Chicago Bulls who they beat 119-93 behind 40-points from Stephen Curry. Beating East contenders by 26-points shows just how dominant this team has been over the first two months of the season and they are just getting started. Curry’s averages are now up to 28.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in just 33.7 minutes per. Those are MVP worthy numbers and to think he still has a Klay Thompson waiting to return from injury and join the team. Warriors have covered the spread in their last 6 of 7 games and also have a solid record against Charlotte by beating them 11 times in the last 15 meetings.
Charlotte is finally back in the win column two games in a row. It was only their 2nd winning streak of the season following a 5-game slide. Miles Bridges once again showed he’s the frontrunner for most improved player with 24 points against the Knicks, LaMelo Ball had an impressive 17 rebounds and 9 assists in the 104-96 win. The win puts the Hornets back into the playoff mix as they now occupy 8th place with an identical 7-7 record as the Toronto Raptors. Holding New York to just 96 points was a step in the right direction, but they still have work to do on that end of the floor as they give up 116 points per game which ranks dead last in the NBA. Covering the spread has also been problematic for this team, they’ve done so only twice in their last 7 games and 0 times in their last 6 against Pacific Division teams.
Curry always loves coming back to the city he grew up in, he’s averaging 26.6 points per game in 18 meetings with the Hornets for his career. I can see him having yet another big night here against one of the worst defenses in basketball. With him cooking, the Warriors are impossible to stop. Golden State to cover.
Charlotte Hornets – Golden State Warriors Odds
Charlotte Hornets – Golden State Warriors Predictions
Warriors -5.0 Point Spread is available at -110 odds
These two teams couldn’t be more different when it comes to defending. Golden State leads the league in defensive efficiency allowing just 96.5 points per 100 possessions. The Hornets, on the other hand, rank near the bottom of the NBA allowing 109.5 points. They do have one similarity though and that is both of them like to push the pace. Charlotte is actually 2nd in pace of play this season, only behind the Lakers. Golden State isn’t further down either, they rank 6th averaging just 1 possession per game less than Charlotte. You might be thinking that’s an automatic over, but guess again. These two teams have gone under the total in 8 of their last 10 meetings and have averaged just 213 points in those 10 games. The Warriors stellar play on the defensive end has caused 8 of their last 11 games to go under the total as well and I could see a similar scenario unfolding here tonight as well. So let’s back the under.
Under 224.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365