Stephen Curry makes his annual homecoming in the second stop of a four-game road trip when he leads the Golden State Warriors into Saturday's matchup at the Charlotte Hornets. Curry grew up in Charlotte and starred collegiately at nearby Davidson before going onto stardom with Golden State (16-14). The Hornets (13-15) should have fresh legs after their last two games were postponed due to league-mandated COVID-19 protocols.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at Spectrum Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists Golden State as a two-point favorite, while the over-under is 233.5, up three points from the opening line, in the latest Warriors vs. Hornets odds. Before finalizing any Hornets vs. Warriors picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Warriors vs. Hornets spread: Warriors -2
- Warriors vs. Hornets over-under: 233.5 points
- Warriors vs. Hornets money line: Warriors -130; Hornets +110
- GS: Warriors C James Wiseman (wrist) will sit out his 11th straight game
- CHA: Hornets G Devonte' Graham (knee) has been ruled out
Why the Warriors can cover
Curry is coming off his first back-to-back double-doubles of the season, tying his season high by collecting 11 assists in each of the past two games. The former two-time league MVP is averaging 35.0 points this month but he struggled from the floor in the last two outings following a stretch of 10 straight games in which he shot at least 50 percent. He has scored at least 25 points in a dozen consecutive games.
The Warriors had routinely dominated the series, winning nine of 10 meetings against the Hornets until they were swept in the two-game season set in 2019-20, but both losses were with Curry sidelined due to injury. Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 19.2 points in February -- five above his season average. He followed up a 23-point performance vs. Miami by scoring 26 in Friday's loss to the Magic.
Why the Hornets can cover
The two-game pause could not have come at a worse time for guard Terry Rozier, who was in the midst of a sensational offensive spree. The team's second-leading scorer behind Gordon Hayward at 20.6 points per game, he averaged 36.0 points over his last three games. Rozier shot a blistering 59.1 percent overall while knocking down 15 of 28 3-point attempts and all 15 free throws in that span.
Eight players average at least 9.9 points for the Hornets, but Malik Monk figures to earn extra minutes due to the injury to Graham. He received extra playing time in last Sunday's loss to San Antonio and made the most of it by scoring 23 points and burying 5 of 6 3-point attempts. Monk converts half his chances from long range and is among four NBA players shooting 50 percent from 3-point range.
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