Last Updated: 2018-01-02
The Charlotte Hornets (13-23), 3.5-point favorites, will travel to Golden 1 Center to challenge the Sacramento Kings (12-24). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 206 points and it can be seen on NBC Sports – California at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings Betting Odds
Both teams lost in their last game. The Kings lost big to the Memphis Grizzlies, 114-96, while the Hornets lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 106-98.
Charlotte had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.4 (above their season average of 23.0) while Sacramento held Memphis to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below the 24.4 mark opponents have averaged against Sacramento this season). Sacramento rallied around Willie Cauley-Stein, who finished with 21 points and eight rebounds. Kemba Walker, meanwhile had a solid performance for Charlotte, contributing 30 points.
It could be a difficult game for Sacramento on the offensive glass. The Kings rank 20th in offensive rebounding percentage (21.5 percent), while Charlotte ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage (81.7 percent).
Games featuring the Hornets have a tendency to go under the total (55.6 percent). Charlotte heads into the game with records of 13-23 straight up (SU) and 13-19-4 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Charlotte, games including the Kings have gone over the total 50.0 percent of the time. Additionally, Sacramento owns records of 12-24 SU and 15-18-3 ATS.
Cauley-Stein has been excellent recently for Sacramento, averaging 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over the last five games.
This was a highly contested series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Hornets won the most recent game 99-85. The Hornets’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Kings. Charlotte had a rate of 28.9, while Sacramento posted a mark of 19.6. This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Over
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Charlotte ranks second in rebounds per game (46.8) while Sacramento ranks 28th (39.9).
The Hornets rank 19th in points off turnovers per game (15.8) while the Kings rank 27th (14.6).
Charlotte ranks 24th in three pointers attempted per game (25.1) while Sacramento ranks 29th (22.6).
Charlotte ranks 24th in fast break points per game (9.1) while Sacramento ranks 25th (9.0).
The Kings rank 11th in steals per game (8.0) while the Hornets rank 29th (6.5).
The Kings rank 26th in assists per game (20.8) while the Hornets rank 28th (20.6).
Charlotte ranks first in second chance points allowed per game (9.5) while Sacramento ranks 16th (12.3).
Charlotte is 6-2 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Sacramento is 7-2.
When reaching 100 points, the Kings are 8-5 and the Hornets are 13-9.
Sacramento is 8-8 ATS at home, while Charlotte is 4-9-3 ATS on the road.
In 16 road games, the Hornets have 8 unders, 7 overs and 1 push.
The Kings have 8 overs and 8 unders in 16 home games.
The Hornets are 1-2-2 ATS over their last five games, while the Kings are 1-4.
In their last five games, Charlotte has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Sacramento has 4 overs and 1 under.
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.6, down from 1.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Kings have scored an average of 100.0 points per game (3.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 110.0 points per game (4.3 above their season average).