NBA Odds: Host Charlotte At +5.5 To Beat Red-Hot San Antonio Outright

Kemba Walker posing for a picture during a preseason game

Charles Stark

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 4:52 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 4:52 PM GMT

Although the Spurs are on a six-game winning streak, they did not play well last time out vs. Dallas, according to coach Gregg Popovich. On Wednesday, the Spurs visit Charlotte, which is a 5.5-point NBA betting underdog. Can the Hornets pull the upset?

San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio has won six games in a row on NBA odds and is averaging 102.5 points per game while allowing 97.1, which ranks it fifth in the NBA in scoring defense. Slowly but surely, the Spurs are coming around and starting to look like once again like a title contender. Although the Spurs are not scoring a lot in the interior they have been deadly from distance in shooting 39.5% beyond the arc, which ranks first in the NBA. Overall offensively, they have not been dominant but very efficient in ranking sixth in shooting efficiency and seventh in overall shooting percentage at 45.7%.

Defensively, San Antonio is not at the elite level it was last season but starting to improve on that end as well. The Spurs are allowing opponents to shoot just 33.4% from distance, which ranks seventh in the NBA. They are also controlling tempo in averaging just 81.4 attempts per game, which ranks second to last in the league, while allowing just 80.9 per contest, which ranks them fourth.  

 

Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte has lost its past two games in NBA picks and did not play well last time out vs. Memphis in allowing the Grizzlies a shoot over 47% overall and over 46% from distance. This is a good team, though, so I believe a bit of its lackluster performance was probably do to the fact the Hornets were looking ahead to this game against one of the elite teams in the league. I expect a maximum effort here.

Although they didn't play well vs. Memphis, the Hornets are still allowing opponents to shoot just 43.6% from the field, which ranks seventh in the league. They also been very good at moving the ball in averaging 24.3 assists per game, third in the league. While not quite as strong as the Spurs, the Hornets have been decent offensively, highlighted by shooting 35% from beyond the arc, which ranks in the top part of the league. Don't be shocked if they find a way to win this game.

NBA Free Pick: Hornets +5.5Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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