The NBA is back in action today as the Houston Rockets will grapple with Charlotte Hornets in the Buzz City.
The Rockets are heading into this game after a 120-105 loss at home as a one-point underdog at home against the Clippers Thursday night. And on the other side, Charlotte fell 114-112 at home to Denver though they covered as a 9.5-point underdog Thursday night.
Houston Rockets Form
The Rockets are having a good season so far. However, they suffered a defeat in the game against the Clippers at home. Moreover, they have now twp straight losses after a six-game win streak. And now, the Rockets entered Friday leading the Southwest Division by two games over the Mavericks in the standings. As for the Western Conference standings, the team is fourth in the playoff picture, 8.5 games behind the Lakers for the top spot. On a positive note, in their last defeat, Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the loss.
On the offensive side of the game, the Rockets score an average of 118.5 points per game on the season. Houston is collecting 45.4 boards a night combined with 21.5 dimes per contest. The Rockets give up an average of 114.2 points per game on the year. And that is the 21st defensive record in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets Form
The Hornets are heading into this game after a defeat in the game against the Nuggets. Moreover, this was their 2nd defeat in a row. The Hornets are fourth in the Southeast Division, 19 games behind the Heat for the top spot. As for the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team is 10th in the standings, six games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot. On a positive side, the Hornets had the in-form Devonte’ Graham as he led the Hornets with 24 points and seven assists in the loss against Denver.
On the offensive side of the game, the Hornets score an average of 102.2 points per game which is the worst record in the NBA. Also, they have 43 boards per game combined with 23.7 assists per contest. Additionally, the Hornets are average defensively this season as they are 13th in scoring defence by conceding 109.7 points per game.
The Rockets lost their last two games. But this is a team that is strong this season. On the other side, the Hornets have been strong lately. Their performance has been good and that will give them confidence in this game.
However, I expect that the Rockets will get back to winning ways. Take Houston in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets 03/07/2020 is: take the Houston Rockets (Moneyline).
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