At 7:00 ET, the Charlotte Hornets (10-32) will host the Houston Rockets (20-23) in a non-conference matchup. The Rockets (-221) are favored by 5.5 points over the Hornets (+180) and the over/under line is set at 223.5.

This game will be played at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte and can be seen on BSSE. The Rockets are currently on a two-game losing streak and are 11th in the Western Conference, while the Hornets are 13th in the East.


The Pick: Houston Rockets -5.5

This game will be played at Spectrum Center at 7:00 ET on Friday, January 26th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-102 in favor of the Rockets.
  • Our projections have Alperen Sengün finishing with Alperen Sengün points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Rockets finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.2% and knocking down 12 threes.

Will Houston Make it Happen on the Road?

On the road this season, the Rockets have gone 6-12 against the spread and are 4-15 straight up. Today, they are favored by 5.5 points and have gone 9-5 ATS as the favorite. As the favorite, their ATS record is 11-3, and they have gone 13-15 as the underdog.

In the Western Conference, the Rockets are in 11th place with a record of 20-23. Within the Southwest Division, they are in 3rd place. Against other Western Conference teams, they are 15-11 and 5-12 against the East.

The Rockets have lost two straight games, including a 137-131 loss to the Trail Blazers. Houston was favored by 10 points in that game, and the O/U line was 220.5. This season, the Rockets have an O/U record of 20-23.

On average, the Rockets’ games have finished with 225.6 points per game, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 223.5. In 29 of their 43 games, the O/U line has been lower than 223.5.

Heading into the game, the Rockets are 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 112.9 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 110.6 points per game.

When it comes to pace, Houston is 15th in the league at 98.9 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 25th at 46%.

So far this season, the Rockets have made an average of 12 three-pointers per game, which is 21st in the NBA. They are shooting 35% from beyond the arc.

In the current season, the Rockets defense has excelled, sitting 12th in the NBA by allowing 112.7 points per game. So far this season, the Rockets’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 3rd in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 26.2 times per game vs. Houston.

Do the Hornets Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

In Charlotte’s last game, they lost to the Pistons by a score of 113-106. The combined scoring total of 219 was under the O/U line of 230 points.

This season, Charlotte has an O/U record of 21-21, and their games have averaged 228.5 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 223.5 points.

Charlotte is 10-32 overall this season, which is 13th in the Eastern Conference. In the Southeast Division, they are in 4th place.

The Hornets are 15-25 against the spread this season, going 7-10 ATS at home and 8-15 ATS on the road. As the underdog, they are 8-30 straight-up and 15-21 vs. the spread.

As the underdog, Charlotte has gone 11-6 ATS on the road and 4-15 ATS at home. Today, they are 5.5-point underdogs vs. the Rockets.

In non-conference games, Charlotte is 3-12 compared to 7-20 against the Eastern Conference. Their road record is 5-18, and they are 5-14 at home.

At home this season, the Hornets are averaging 108.4 points per game, which is 29th in the NBA. Overall, they are 28th in scoring at 108.7 points per game. So far, Charlotte has outscored the NBA average in just 38.1% of their games.

When it comes to shooting, the Hornets are 27th in field goal percentage at 45%. From three-point range, they are hitting 36% of their shots, which is 21st in the league. So far, they are averaging 11.9 made threes per game.

One area where the Hornets have struggled is getting to the free-throw line. They are last in the NBA in both free throws made and attempted per game. In terms of pace, Charlotte is 21st in the league at 98 possessions per game.

At present, the Hornets’ defense is ranked 24th, allowing 119.8 points per game. The Hornets defense is coming off a game in which they held the Pistons offense to just 43.7% shooting. Overall, they gave up 113 points to Detroit.