Warriors To Feel Sting Of Hornets & Walker On Monday Night

Sunday, February 24, 2019 6:54 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 6:54 PM UTC

Golden State and Charlotte will look to rebound from losses when they tangle for the first time in more than a year on Monday night. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com.

Golden State (42-17 SU, 24-34-1 ATS) at Charlotte (28-31 SU, 28-30-1 ATS)

Monday, 7 p.m. ET
Free NBA Pick: Hornets ATS
Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 29 points Saturday night but it wasn’t enough as the Houston Rockets upset Golden State in their own house, 118-112. Despite the fact the NBA odds board reflected Houston as a whopping 12½-point road pup, the Rockets certainly didn’t play like overwhelming underdogs as they broke out to a 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors were supposed to roll over the Rockets, as Houston’s leading scorer James Harden was out with an illness, but it appeared as though they had already checked out before the game began.

The good news for the Warriors is that DeMarcus Cousins seems to be getting back in the groove with his third straight double-double, but the bad news is that Draymond Green left the game with a sprained ankle after he stepped on Cousins’ foot. His status for Monday’s game against the Hornets was unknown as of this writing.

Charlotte has dropped three of their last four, with the most recent being a Saturday night setback to the Brooklyn Nets, 117-115, as 3½-point home chalk.

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Not the finish we wanted, but take a look at the @budweiserusa Legendary Moments from tonight's game vs. Brooklyn#budlegendarymoments #thisbudsforyou pic.twitter.com/h8jPc3cVKZ

— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 24, 2019
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Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell tied a career high with 40 points after making his first All-Star appearance less than a week prior on the same court. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 32 points but former San Antonio Spurs star and 36-year-old backup Tony Parker provided a big bump off the bench with 21 points, five assists and five boards as Charlotte narrowed a 19-point deficit from the third through the fourth quarter to bring the game within a bucket. Center Cody Zeller had 13 points and 11 rebounds before he fouled out with about three minutes remaining in the game, a big blow to the Hornets down the stretch.

The Warriors and Hornets have not tipped off against each other since December 2017 when Charlotte won 111-100 in hostile territory and cashed for all those who backed the Hornets in their NBA picks as 11-point road dogs. The all-time record between these clubs is 28-28 but the Warriors, not surprisingly, have won seven of the last 10 meetings, yet the Hornets are 5-4-1 against the number. The masses tend to bet the Warriors because they win far more often than they lose, but the oddsmakers make cashing those tickets quite difficult when laying the considerable lumber.

Once again, we will have the Warriors as favorites on the road (they opened at -8) but Charlotte stacks up to them about as well as any middling team can. Walker can be a force of nature when the time is right and he tends to catch fire when competing against the elite teams and the league’s superstars. In addition, the Hornets are an excellent team at home as evidenced by their 20-10 straight-up mark and a decent 16-13 ATS record at the Spectrum Center. The Warriors are 13-15 ATS on the highway and may be without Green, but even if he does go, will that ankle allow him to be at his best? Too many questions for the Warriors and too many points for a live home dog in Charlotte. Back the Hornets.

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