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Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets

Denver Nuggets (17-7) @ Charlotte Hornets (11-13)

December 7, 2018 7:00 PM ET (Spectrum Center)

Line: Denver Nuggets -117 Charlotte Hornets +103

Spread: Denver Nuggets -1

Total: 218

Free NBA Pick Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets 

The Denver Nuggets have won their last seven games and currently are sit first in the western conference. The Nuggets have drastically improved their defense from last season with only allowing 103.4 points per game which is 3rd in the league. Denver is 7-3 against the east and is 4-1 and has been led by Jamal Murray who has averaged 19.9 points and 5.6 assists against the east. Denver will be missing Gary Harris who is listed as day-to-day with a hip injury and has already missed their last game against the Magic and could be replaced by Torrey Craig as he was the chosen replacement in the starting lineup Wednesday. Harris has been one of the best players for the Nuggets leading the team in scoring with 17.3 points a game. 

The Charlotte Hornets have been led by Kemba Walker who has had an excellent start to the year scoring 26.0 points per game and 6.1 assists a game and is third in offensive plus/minus. The Hornets have yet to win a game against western conference opposition going 0-5 including 0-3 at home and are shooting just 28.6% of their 3-point attempts against the west. Walker has struggled especially against the west shooting just 17% from three in those five games and is scoring just 19 points in 33 minutes. Charlotte could be without Marvin Williams with a right shoulder sprain and missed Wednesday night’s game against Minnesota and would be replaced by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist if he is not able to play as it is believed Williams could be out for a week. Charlotte has also been careful with the ball as they currently have the lowest turnover-rate in the league. 

Cover the Spread 365 Trends 

Denver 

Denver is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Charlotte

Denver is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Charlotte

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver’s last 10 games when playing Charlotte

Charlotte 

Charlotte is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

Charlotte is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games when playing at home against Denver

Free NBA Prediction Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets 

This game should be interesting with the Nuggets being on the fourth game of a five-game road trip and looking to extend their seven-game win streak. The Hornets are trying to make the playoffs as they sit 8th in the east and will need to pick up their rebounding as they are ranked 21st in rebounds per game. The Nuggets have struggled a bit more on the road only scoring 107.5 points and is only shooting 45.4% on the road as opposed to 48.1% at home. Nikola Jokic has been one of the best players in the NBA averaging 16.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists in addition to being the most efficient player on the team. He should have a big game with the Hornets not having a good matchup against him as the Hornets lack a true interior presence to slow him down. Although Denver is on the east coast road trip their winning streak won’t end on Friday night as the Hornets will struggle to score against the Nuggets.

Pick: Denver Nuggets -117

ESPN has officially “found” the #Nuggets. Chauncey Billups was recently here to do a TV feature on Jamal/Gary/Nikola; legendary writer Jackie MacMullan was in town today to talk to Jamal Murray; coach Michael Malone will be on SportsCenter tonight.

The #Nuggets will have had 3 much-needed days off to heal up a bit before facing Oklahoma City on Friday night at the Pepsi Center.

None of the ‘injury report’ #Nuggets players practiced today, coach Michael Malone said. Other banged-up players were held out as well, and the session was largely focused on conditioning and conceptual work.

Did you see the news this morning? #MileHighBasketball

Nuggets-Grizzlies set to begin here at the Pepsi Center. The #Nuggets are going to have to mix and match lineups a ton tonight as injuries continue to gut out the roster.

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Tanner Owens
Tanner is a true sports bettor who balances trends with real time sports information to find the odds in his favor. Typically loves when bettors drive up the odds when teams get hot, as he knows when exactly to pull the plug on them. Is passionate about MMA and Soccer, as well as NBA and college basketball.
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