The last day of 2022 is giving us a nine-game slate in the NBA including this one in Charlotte on Saturday, December 31, and here you can read the best Nets vs. Hornets betting pick and odds.
Brooklyn is hoping for the 11th consecutive victory when they visit Charlotte at Spectrum Center. The Nets are 9-point favorites on BetUS Sportsbook, while the total is set at 233.5 points. These conference rivals have faced twice this year, and the Nets won both games.
Nets edged the Hawks for the 10th straight win
The Brooklyn Nets (23-12, 16-17-2 ATS) are the hottest team in the NBA right now. They recorded ten consecutive wins, and the latest one over the Atlanta Hawks on the road was tight. The Nets won 108-107 as Dejounte Murray missed one of two free throws and failed to force overtime. The third quarter, which the Nets won by ten points, turned out to be crucial. Despite committing 12 turnovers opposite Atlanta’s four, Brooklyn still got away with a victory.
Kyrie Irvin led the Nets with 28 points, game-high eight assists, and five rebounds. Kevin Durant posted a double-double of 26 points and game-high 16 boards along with eight dimes and two blocks, while Nic Claxton recorded a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds with a career-high six rejections.
SG Joe Harris (knee) is downgraded to out and will not feature on Saturday against Charlotte. PG Ben Simmons (illness) is upgraded to probable.
Hornets opened a home stand with a win
The Charlotte Hornets (10-26, 16-17-3 ATS) returned home from a six-game road trip and opened a four-game homestay with a 121-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Hornets shot well from the floor (54.8%) and dominated in assists (33-15), blocks (11-1), and rebounds (52-41). Even the fact that Charlotte committed 17 turnovers opposite Oklahoma City’s 12 didn’t hurt the hosts in this one.
LaMelo Ball needed just one more assist to record his second triple-double of the season. Still, he led the Hornets with a double-double of 27 points and ten rebounds along with a game-high nine dishes and two blocks. P.J. Washington added 25 points, five boards, and two swats, Mark Williams posted a double-double of 17 points and game-high 13 rebounds with a couple of steals and blocks, while Mason Plumlee had 14 points and nine boards.
SF Cody Martin (knee) is out indefinitely. SF Kelly Oubre Jr. (hand) and PG Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) are questionable to face the Nets on Saturday.
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games overall
- 5-1 ATS in the last six games playing on two days of rest
- 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight games following an ATS loss
- 2-5 ATS in the last seven games following an ATS win
- 0-4 ATS in the last four games following a straight-up win
Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets Pick
The Nets are red-hot right now, and the struggling Hornets are no match for them. Kelly Oubre Jr. appeared to aggravate his left-hand injury and if the Hornets play without him (20.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 spg) I have no doubt the Nets are going to get an easy victory. Brooklyn has a top 10 defense that allows 111.2 points per game, while the Hornets are allowing 117.9 ppg, which is the 28th D in the league. Charlotte is the last in offensive rating, unlike the Nets, who are 5th in that segment. In fact, Brooklyn is better in every key department.
Pick: Take the Nets at -9.5 (-110)
Charlotte has been quite inconsistent on offense, which makes the Hornets very ungrateful when it comes to Over/Under. Still, we can rely on their defense to be lenient as usual, and I think the Nets will have no problems scoring 120+ points on Saturday. LaMelo Ball is good enough to lead his team to around 110 points, which should be enough for our Over bet. Over is 7-3 in the Nets’ last ten overall; Over is 5-2 in Brooklyn’s previous seven road games, while Over is 7-3 in the Hornets’ last ten games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Pick: Go Over 233.5 points (-110)