Spectrum Center showcases a cross-conference NBA matchup on Monday evening. The Charlotte Hornets welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to town, with the Hornets posting a 4-7 record at home. Charlotte is 7-16 overall and 3-2 in the last five games, with L.A. bringing a 13-11 record and a 6-5 road mark into the contest. LaMelo Ball (ankle), Gordon Hayward (shoulder), Cody Martin (knee), Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) and Mark Williams (ankle) are out for Charlotte. Kawhi Leonard (ankle), Paul George (hamstring) and Luke Kennard (calf) are questionable for the Clippers, with Norman Powell (groin) ruled out.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Los Angeles as the 4-point road favorite for this 7 p.m. ET tip. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 216.5 in the latest Clippers vs. Hornets odds. Before making any Hornets vs. Clippers picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

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Now, the model has set its sights on Hornets vs. Clippers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Clippers vs. Hornets:

  • Clippers vs. Hornets spread: Clippers -4
  • Clippers vs. Hornets over/under: 216.5 points
  • Clippers vs. Hornets money line: Clippers -170, Hornets +143
  • LAC: The Clippers are 4-4 against the spread in the last eight games
  • CHA: The Hornets are 4-2 against the spread in the last six games
  • Clippers vs. Hornets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Featured Game | Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Why the Clippers can cover

The Clippers project to benefit from a struggling Hornets offense. Charlotte is last in the NBA in offensive efficiency, scoring only 1.06 points per possession. The Hornets are also last in field goal percentage (44.2%) and 2-point percentage (50.7%), with Charlotte ranking second-worst in 3-point percentage (32.0%). The shooting issues also apply at the free throw line with a bottom-five mark (74.0%), and the Clippers are legitimately impressive on defense. 

L.A. is in the top five of the NBA in defensive efficiency, giving up only 109.4 points per 100 possessions. The Clippers rank in the top five in field goal percentage allowed (45.3%) and free throw prevention (21.2 attempts allowed per game), with top-10 marks in 2-point accuracy allowed, 3-point accuracy allowed, assists allowed and points allowed in the paint.

Why the Hornets can cover

Charlotte enters Monday's game with notable strengths on both sides of the floor. The Hornets lead the NBA in fast break points allowed (9.8 per game) with a top-five mark in opponent 3-point shooting (33.7%). Charlotte is in the top 10 in turnover creation (15.9 per game) and steals (7.6 per game), with the Clippers ranking No. 24 or worse in turnovers, assists, free throw accuracy and offensive efficiency. 

On the other end, the Hornets create extra opportunities on the offensive glass with a 30.7% offensive rebound rate. Charlotte is producing 16.5 second-chance points per game, a top-five mark in the NBA, and the Hornets average nearly 54 points in the paint per game. The Hornets also move the ball well, averaging 24.9 points per game despite injury struggles.

How to make Hornets vs. Clippers picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 216 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in nearly 70% of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Clippers vs. Hornets? And which side of the spread hits in nearly 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.