NBA Picks: Hornets vs. Thunder

Joe Freda

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The Oklahoma City Thunder moved to 9-1 ATS in their 10 most recent duels as a host.Will the Thunder roll again in this spot or can the Hornets tighten up to cash as big dogs?

Thunder finish homestand vs. Hornets

Wednesday’s NBA betting has Scott Brooks’ squad wrapping up its stretch at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the New Orleans Hornets, who have allowed 104.5 PPG in their last eight road contests.

Thunder, Westbrook thrash Bulls

Oklahoma City’s latest victory came in Sunday’s 102-72 triumph over the Chicago Bulls, cashing as a nine-point home favorite. The Thunder held Chicago to a stingy 29.1 percent mark of field shooting, while edging the Bulls in rebounds, 52-44.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook piled in a team-high 23 points, hitting 10-of-17 shots from the floor. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Serge Ipaka united for 36 points and 26 boards, with Ibaka adding three of his side’s nine blocks.

The lopsided battle’s combined 174 points plunged beneath the ‘total’ of 195, ending a 4-0 OVER streak from Oklahoma City’s prior four games. Thunder  forward Nick Collison logged two steals off the bench, while held to four points in 14 minutes of action.

Hornets, Vasquez fall short at home

New Orleans logged its fourth loss in five games with Tuesday’s 101-97 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets, failing to cash as a 2 ½-point home favorite. The Hornets trailed by as many as 22 points, allowing a 12-for-20 night from Brooklyn beyond the arc.

Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez led his squad’s scoring with 20 points, while notching team-highs of eight boards and seven assists. New Orleans’ Robin Lopez logged two blocks en route to knocking down 5-of-9 field buckets, finishing with 14 points.

The contest’s combined 198 points jumped above the ‘total’ of 185, lifting the OVER to 5-0 in the Hornets’ last five matchups. New Orleans hit 12-of-15 free throws, while outscoring Brooklyn in paint points, 44-30.

Back the Thunder as home ‘chalk’

Bookmaker.eu opened Oklahoma City as a 13-point NBA odds favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at 203.

New Orleans is expected to be without Anthony Davis (12.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG) and Eric Gordon (16.6 PPG), who  are nursing shoulder and knee injuries, respectively. Oklahoma City has acquired veterans Derek Fisher and Ronnie Brewer, with both expected to be available for Wednesday’s duel.

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I am laying the points here with Oklahoma City, looking for another blowout win from Durant and Co. The Thunder have put up 112.5 PPG in their last 10 home dates, while cashing at 9-3 ATS in their last 12 meetings with New Orelans.

Oklahoma City has collected with a 2-1 spread record in this season’s three matchups with the Hornets, holding Monty Williams’ club to 83.5 PPG over December’s pair of most recent clashes. The Thunder should also look to run it up here in their final home spot before heading west against the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers in a pair of tougher duels.

New Orleans has put up a subpar 94.3 PPG over its 15 spots played on no rest, going 7-8 ATS in that span. The Hornets’ injuries will also not help their depth here, while OKC tends to not ease up with a 4-1 spread record in its last five spots that came after a double-digit win.

NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder -13 (Bookmaker.eu)