The Charlotte Hornets return to the court for the first time in six days when they host Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Charlotte (13-15) was placed on a two-game pause by the NBA after four players from San Antonio — its last opponent — tested positive for COVID-19. Golden State (16-14) will try to rebound after blowing a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead in Friday’s 124-120 defeat at Orlando.
Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at Spectrum Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists Golden State as a 1.5-point favorite while the over-under is 232.5 in the latest Warriors vs. Hornets odds. Before locking in 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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Now, the model has set its sights on Warriors vs. Hornets. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Hornets vs. Warriors:
Warriors vs. Hornets spread: Warriors -1.5Warriors vs. Hornets over-under: 232.5 pointsWarriors vs. Hornets money line: Warriors -120; Hornets +100GS: Warriors C James Wiseman (wrist) will sit out his 11th straight gameCHA: Hornets G Devonte’ Graham (knee) was downgraded to doubtful Friday
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
Forward Gordon Hayward had to sit out the last game against San Antonio due to tightness in his back but he was a full go during Friday’s practice session. In his first season with Charlotte following a sign-and-trade with Boston, he is the team’s top scorer, averaging a career-best 22.3 points to go along with 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Hayward is shooting 48.6 percent overall and 42.2 percent from 3-point range.
Guard LaMelo Ball is living up to the expectations of being the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, although he won’t get to face Wiseman, the player selected one slot ahead of him. The team’s third-leading scorer at 14.6 points per game, he has elevated those numbers in eight games this month. Ball is averaging 20.9 points in February and has registered three double-doubles over his past four games.
How to make Hornets vs. Warriors picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting both teams combine for 220 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.
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