Two teams with identical 32-33 records will meet Tuesday night as the Charlotte Hornets host the Brooklyn Nets. Charlotte is 16-15 at home and is aiming for its third straight win. Meanwhile, the Nets are 19-15 away from Barclays Center and have lost four straight games. Ben Simmons (back) and LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) are out for Brooklyn while the Hornets' injury report consists of Gordon Hayward (out; ankle) and Jalen McDaniels (questionable; ankle).
The teams are tied at the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, so this game could have major playoff seeding implications. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Caesars Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as 4.5-point favorites in the latest Nets vs. Hornets odds, while the over-under for total points is set at 240. Before you make any Nets vs. Hornets picks and NBA predictions, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Nets vs. Hornets spread: Nets -4.5
- Nets vs. Hornets over-under: 240 points
- Nets vs. Hornets money line: Nets -190, Hornets +160
- BKN: The Nets are 16-22-2 against the spread in conference games
- CHR: The Hornets are 24-16-1 against the spread in conference games
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn's offense is very strong. The Nets are scoring 111.3 points per 100 possessions for the season, and Brooklyn is making 46.6 percent of shot attempts, a top-10 figure in the NBA. The Nets are also No. 6 in the NBA in free-throw accuracy at 80.3 percent, and Brooklyn is above-average in assists, averaging 24.7 per game.
Brooklyn is also excellent when Kevin Durant plays, posting a 24-14 record, and the Nets are No. 7 in the NBA in net rating in road games, out-scoring opponents by 1.8 points per 100 possessions. On defense, the Nets contest shots well on the perimeter, and Brooklyn's opponents are making 34.0 percent of 3-point attempts. Brooklyn is also above-average in field-goal percentage allowed at 45.4 percent, and the Nets are allowing only 24.0 assists per game to opponents.
Why the Hornets can cover
With the flurry of deals at the trade deadline, Charlotte's acquisition of Montrezl Harrell flew under the radar. But the former Wizard has been exceptional with averages of 14.2 points and 7.1 rebounds on 59 percent shooting in his nine games with the Hornets. During this nine-game stretch, Charlotte has gone 5-2-2 against the spread, including two straight wins entering Tuesday's game. He should be able to exploit a Nets team that's allowing 122.2 points since the All-Star break, compared to 110.8 points before the break.
Charlotte has the league's No. 2 scoring offense, while Brooklyn has a bottom 10 scoring defense. The Hornets also force turnovers at the fourth-best clip in the NBA while Brooklyn isn't as impactful at creating turnovers, ranking just 24th in the league. These teams also differ drastically from beyond the arc with Charlotte ranking fifth in 3Ps made and Brooklyn ranking 23rd. The Hornets are averaging 7.8 more points per game in 3P shots alone, and in today's NBA the three-pointer is the key to success.
How to make Nets vs. Hornets picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 233 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Hornets vs. Nets pick at SportsLine.
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