Hornets vs Rockets Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/26

Hornets vs Rockets Prediction NBA Picks Today 1/26

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Charlotte, NC; January 26, 2024, 5:00 p.m. EST

 

Game Odds

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Time Spread Total ML
5:00 PM -5.5 (-110) 226.5 -200
- +5.5 (-120) 226.5 +170

 

Game Overview

The Houston Rockets (20-23) hit the road to face the Charlotte Hornets (10-32) at the Spectrum Center on January 26, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EST. The Rockets, struggling on a 3-game road slide, encounter the Hornets, who are eager to defend their home court. In this preview, we'll delve into team statistics, player matchups, recent performances, and make a prediction.

Spectrum Center in Charlotte will be buzzing with anticipation as both teams seek a pivotal victory. Let's explore the key factors influencing this matchup.

 

Team Statistics

Houston Rockets

With a 20-23 record, the Rockets rely on the scoring prowess of Alperen Sengun, who averages 22.1 points per game. Despite their struggles on the road, the Rockets are a formidable opponent.

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets, standing at 10-32, have struggled this season but aim to capitalize on home-court advantage. Miles Bridges leads the team with 20.8 points per game.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Several key players are listed on the injury report for the Rockets, including Jae'Sean Tate, Jabari Smith Jr., Reggie Bullock Jr., and Tari Eason. Victor Oladipo remains out until February 2. Meanwhile, the Hornets have no injured players.

 

Recent Performances

Houston Rockets

The Rockets are coming off an overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, falling 137-131. Their recent struggles on the road highlight the importance of this matchup against the Hornets.

Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets suffered a close 113-106 loss to the Detroit Pistons in their recent outing. Despite their record, the Hornets have shown resilience, especially at home.

 

Prediction

Despite the Houston Rockets being the better team, their recent road struggles make this matchup against the Charlotte Hornets intriguing. The Hornets, with the +5.5 points spread, have a solid chance of covering it. The Rockets' issues away from home open the door for the Hornets to keep the game competitive.

Expect the Hornets to capitalize on their home-court advantage, with Miles Bridges leading the charge. While the Rockets may secure the win, the Hornets are likely to make it a close contest, making them a strong pick to cover the spread.

Pick: Charlotte Hornets +5.5

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