Through 3 Quarters

Only one more quarter stands between the Charlotte Hornets and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. They have unwrapped a big 96-70 lead against the Houston Rockets.

The Hornets have been riding high on the performance of shooting guard Terry Rozier, who has shot 7-for-12 from beyond the arc and has recorded 27 points, five assists and four boards. Houston has been relying on power forward Christian Wood, who has 16 points along with nine rebounds, and shooting guard Eric Gordon, who has 16 points.

If the contest were over now, this would be Charlotte's biggest margin of victory yet this year.

Who's Playing

Houston @ Charlotte

Current Records: Houston 10-23; Charlotte 17-17

What to Know

The Charlotte Hornets will be returning home after a six-game road trip. After a few days' rest for both teams, they and the Houston Rockets will meet up at 7 p.m. ET Dec. 27 at Spectrum Center. If the matchup is anything like Houston's 146-143 win from their previous meeting in November, the scorekeeper will be kept real busy.

The Hornets were able to grind out a solid victory over the Denver Nuggets this past Thursday, winning 115-107. The win came about thanks to a strong surge after the third quarter to overcome a 94-77 deficit. Charlotte's success was spearheaded by the efforts of shooting guard Kelly Oubre Jr., who shot 5-for-11 from downtown and finished with 23 points, and power forward P.J. Washington, who had 13 points and five assists along with nine rebounds.

Meanwhile, the contest between the Rockets and the Indiana Pacers this past Thursday was not a total blowout, but with Houston falling 118-106 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. The losing side was boosted by power forward Christian Wood, who had 22 points in addition to eight boards.

Charlotte is the favorite in this one, with an expected 8-point margin of victory. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.

Charlotte's win lifted them to 17-17 while Houston's defeat dropped them down to 10-23. Allowing an average of 116.82 points per game, Charlotte hasn't exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We'll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming game.

How To Watch

  • When: Monday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • TV: ATTSN Southwest
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $12.00

Odds

The Hornets are a big 8-point favorite against the Rockets, according to the latest NBA odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Hornets, as the game opened with the Hornets as a 6-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Houston have won nine out of their last 13 games against Charlotte.

  • Nov 27, 2021 - Houston 146 vs. Charlotte 143
  • Mar 24, 2021 - Charlotte 122 vs. Houston 97
  • Feb 08, 2021 - Charlotte 119 vs. Houston 94
  • Mar 07, 2020 - Charlotte 108 vs. Houston 99
  • Feb 04, 2020 - Houston 125 vs. Charlotte 110
  • Mar 11, 2019 - Houston 118 vs. Charlotte 106
  • Feb 27, 2019 - Houston 118 vs. Charlotte 113
  • Dec 13, 2017 - Houston 108 vs. Charlotte 96
  • Oct 27, 2017 - Houston 109 vs. Charlotte 93
  • Feb 09, 2017 - Houston 107 vs. Charlotte 95
  • Jan 10, 2017 - Houston 121 vs. Charlotte 114
  • Mar 12, 2016 - Charlotte 125 vs. Houston 109
  • Dec 21, 2015 - Houston 102 vs. Charlotte 95

Injury Report for Charlotte

  • Miles Bridges: Out (Covid-19)
  • P.J. Washington: Out (Covid-19)
  • Scottie Lewis: Out (Covid-19)

Injury Report for Houston

  • Jae'Sean Tate: Out (Covid-19)
  • Kenyon Martin Jr.: Out (Covid-19)
  • D.J. Augustin: Out (Covid-19)
  • Garrison Mathews: Out (Covid-19)
  • John Wall: Out (Not Injury Related)