An eight-game home winning streak is on the line for the Portland Trail Blazers (29-25), who will be 3-point favorites when they go head-to-head against the Charlotte Hornets (23-30) at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 214 points and it starts at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Charlotte Hornets at Portland Trail Blazers Betting Odds
Both teams fell in their last outing. The Trail Blazers lost big to the Detroit Pistons, 111-91, while the Hornets lost to the Denver Nuggets, 121-104.
Charlotte had a better free throw rate (0.195 vs. 0.136) while Portland had a better turnover percentage (11.8 vs. 13.0). Damian Lillard had a solid performance for Portland, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, Dwight Howard played a pivotal role for Charlotte with 19 points and seven rebounds.
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Portland should have a substantial advantage. The Trail Blazers defense ranks sixth in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.505), while the Charlotte offense is ranked 29th in effective field goal percentage (0.499). Ball protection should be an advantage for the Hornets. They rank 3rd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.4 percent), while the Trail Blazers force the second-fewest turnovers in the NBA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 12.6 percent).
A little over half of the Hornets’ games have finished over the total. Charlotte holds records of 23-30 straight up (SU) and 21-28-4 against the spread (ATS).
Games involving the Trail Blazers have typically gone under the O/U total (59.3 percent). Further, Portland owns records of 29-25 SU and 25-23-6 ATS.
Nicolas Batum has taken his game to another level as of late for Charlotte, averaging 18.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists over the last five games.
In their first matchup this season, Lillard led the Trail Blazers to a 93-91 win. He recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists. Portland covered as a 4-point underdog and the two teams combined to put up 184 points, which was well under the projected point total of 204. Portland had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.525 vs. 0.380). Charlotte, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (5.2 vs. 17.8).
Charlotte Hornets at Portland Trail Blazers ATS Pick
NBA Prediction: SU Winner – Trail Blazers, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Under
The Hornets are 26th in the league with 9.3 fast break points per game while the Trail Blazers are last with 6.8 fast break points per game.
Portland ranks second in assists allowed per game (20.2) while Charlotte ranks 21st (23.8).
The Hornets rank second in second chance points allowed per game (9.6) while the Trail Blazers rank 13th (12.1).
Charlotte ranks third in rebounds per game (46.0) while Portland ranks 14th in rebounds allowed per game (42.6).
Charlotte ranks 18th in points off turnovers per game (16.2) while Portland ranks 26th (14.4).
The Trail Blazers rank sixth in blocks per game (5.2) while the Hornets rank 20th in blocks allowed per game (5.1).
The Trail Blazers rank fifth in points allowed in the paint per game (41.9) while the Hornets rank 13th (43.3).
Charlotte ranks second in steals allowed per game (6.6) while Portland ranks 13th (7.5).
In games where they allow below 100 points, Charlotte is 8-3 and Portland is 17-5.
When reaching 100 points, the Hornets are 22-12 and the Trail Blazers are 24-13.
Charlotte is 8-13-3 ATS on the road, while Portland is 10-12-3 ATS at home.
In 24 road games, the Hornets have 12 overs, 11 unders and 1 push.
The Trail Blazers have 15 unders and 10 overs in 25 home games.
The Trail Blazers are 2-2-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Hornets are 2-3.
In their last five games, Portland has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Charlotte has 4 overs and 1 under.
During their last five games, the Trail Blazers have scored an average of 104.0 points per game (0.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 108.4 points per game (4.8 above their season average).
The Hornets have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Charlotte has defeated opponents by an average of 0.0 points.
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