Charlotte at Houston Lines, Betting Prediction & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 9, 2017 in

The Charlotte Hornets (20-18) head down to the Lone Star State to take on the Houston Rockets (30-9) on Tuesday night. The Rockets ride an eight-game winning streak into this contest, most recently knocking off Toronto up in Canada over the weekend, 129-122. The Hornets have dropped four of five, including consecutive losses in Detroit and San Antonio. Take a look at our recommendations for this game as well as the rest of our online betting odds for the week ahead.

Charlotte at Houston Lines, Betting Prediction & TV Info

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 8:00pm ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston
TV: Fox Sports Southeast / Root Sports Southwest
Radio: Charlotte / Houston
Live Stream: NBA TV

Why should you bet on the Hornets?

The Hornets rolled out a new starting lineup against San Antonio, including Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Marvin Williams, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller, and they were able to limit the effectiveness of the starting five for the Spurs. Roy Hibbert was limited in his play to 15 minutes, as he had some knee issues, but he still put up 10 points and 5 rebounds. However, it was Davis Bertans, the Spurs’ rookie who came over after five seasons in Europe, who sparked San Antonio, with a season best 21 points, going 4 for 5 from downtown. Charlotte simply did not have a defender who could stay with a 6-10 forward draining the ball from outside. That lack of defensive fortitude could lead to a long night against the Houston Rockets as well. If you like the Hornets here, you like the hot-shooting Rockets to cool off and show some lackadaisical play on the defensive end — not trends that the Rockets have shown thus far.

Why should you put your money on the Rockets?

Houston did get amazing numbers out of James Harden in their win over Toronto (40 points, 10 boards, 10 assists — and 10 turnovers). In fact, no one had ever had a triple-double with at least 40 points and 10 turnovers since the NBA began charting turnovers as a statistic in the 1977-78 season. Even so, the Rockets were a -3 when Harden was on the floor, which means that Toronto outscored Houston by three when Harden was in the game. Why? Because Harden simply does not play defense. He has amazing offensive skills but refuses to guard a man on the other end of the court. That’s where Montrezl Harrell and Eric Gordon came in, scoring 49 points off the bench. Harrell was a +9 for the game, and Gordon was a +23. So as great as Harden has been, when he goes off the floor and the defense kicks in, the team plays even better — making them a scary opponent for anyone.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Rockets to roll big in this one at home, against a Charlotte team that just can’t defend them. I predict a final score of Houston 128, Charlotte 111.