Tea Charlotte Hornets (38-36) venture out for a one-game road trip when they face the Brooklyn Nets (39-35) Sunday. Tip-off is 7:30 pm ET at Barclays Center. Below, we look at the Hornets vs. Net odds and linesand make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Hornets just wrapped up a 4-1 homestand and have their six of their last seven games. They find themselves in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just a game behind the Nets for eighth place. Charlotte is four games behind the sixth-placed Toronto Raptors, who occupy the final guaranteed playoff spot, with 10 games remaining.
The Nets have won seven of their last nine games overall. They get a boost for their final home games as G Kyrie Irving will make his home debut, now eligible to play after the COVID-19 mandate was lifted in New York. Brooklyn has a one-game lead over the Hornets. The Nets trail the seventh-place Cleveland Cavaliers by two games and the sixth-placed Raptors by three games with eight games left in their regular season.
Hornets vs. Net odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Hornets +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Nets -250 (bet $250 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Hornets +6.5 (-120) | Net -6.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 238.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
Hornets at Nets key injuries
- F Gordon Hayward (ankle) out
Nets (not officially submitted)
- G Seth Curry (ankle) questionable
- G Goran Dragic (knee) probable
- G Ben Simmons (back) out
Hornets at Nets odds, lines, picks and predictions
Nets 125, Hornets 117
The Hornets are 18-18 away from home this season but have won their last three road contests. They beat the Nets 111-95 Oct. 24 in Brooklyn and lost to 132-121 to them at home March 8.
The Nets have won four of their last five games in which Irving has played. They will get a boost with him playing at home for the first time this season. He has scored over 40 points in three of his last five games.
The Nets should come away with this game but the price isn’t worth the wager. PASS on the money line unless you are using it as part of a parlay bet.
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Against the spread
The Hornets have been relatively consistent against the spread this season. They are 40-32-2 ATS overall and have covered the spread 20 times each at home and on the road. They are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
The Nets have been dreadful against the spread at home at 9-25-1 ATS, but on the road — when they had Irving in the lineup mostly — they are 22-16-1 ATS. They also are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games.
I LEAN NET -6.5 (-105).
The Nets have averaged 122.4 points per game over their last 10 contests.
The Hornets are scoring 118.6 points per game since the All-Star break.
Their last matchup against one another had a total of 253 points.
Expect the same sort of pace tonight. take OVER 238.5 (-108).
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