Golden State (19-6) at Charlotte (9-13)
When: Wednesday, December 6th 2017
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
Opening Odds: Golden State -5/219.5
Steph Curry loves coming back to his home state of North Carolina and playing in front of family and friends, but he won’t get that opportunity this time around. The former MVP will be missing from the Golden State Warriors’ lineup on Wednesday when they visit the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. Curry suffered a sprained ankle in Monday’s 125-115 win at New Orleans and left the arena in a walking boot and on crutches but had x-rays come back negative. The Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday with a 104-94 win over the Orlando Magic but shot just 40.5% from the floor, including 3-of-17 from 3-point range. The Hornets entered play on Tuesday 26th in the league in field-goal percentage (.443) while Golden State (.514) leads the NBA. Golden State has won the last six in the series, including three straight in Charlotte.
Forward Kevin Durant was ejected for the third time this season with 1:14 left in Monday’s game after an altercation with Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins. Durant was struggling in the game to begin with and was probably frustrated with his 8-for-21 shooting effort. Golden State, which is averaging 127 points during a four-game winning streak, was already without backup point guard Shaun Livingston on Monday after he drew a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee, but will be back in the lineup on Wednesday. Shooting guard Klay Thompson will probably take a larger offensive roll with Curry out, and is shooting 61.1% from the floor during the winning streak.
The injury bug also struck the Hornets’ star player Kemba Walker, but the point guard was back in the lineup on Monday after missing two games with a shoulder injury and scored 29 points in the win over the Magic. Walker was terrific on both ends of the floor, recording three steals as the Hornets forced 20 Orlando turnovers. Center Dwight Howard had nine rebounds on Monday to move into 19th place on the all-time list with 12,361. Shooting guard Nicolas Batum had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards, while 7’0″ power forward Frank Kaminsky came off the bench and nearly got his first (14 points, 9 rebounds).
This Charlotte team doesn’t shoot well enough to hang with Golden State. I know the Warriors won’t have Curry, but this team is still loaded and I expect Thompson to have a big night.
Pick: Warriors -5
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Warriors are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Warriors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Warriors are 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 games following a ATS win.
- Warriors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Warriors are 39-16-3 ATS in their last 58 Wednesday games.
- Warriors are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 road games.
- Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Hornets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Hornets are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Hornets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Hornets are 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 5-1 in Warriors last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 4-1 in Warriors last 5 overall.
- Over is 4-1 in Warriors last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 5-2 in Warriors last 7 Wednesday games.
- Over is 17-7 in Warriors last 24 road games.
- Under is 11-5 in Warriors last 16 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Over is 15-7 in Warriors last 22 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Over is 4-0 in Hornets last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Under is 4-0 in Hornets last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Over is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 overall.
- Over is 24-9 in Hornets last 33 Wednesday games.
- Over is 5-2 in Hornets last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 5-2 in Hornets last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 7-3 in Hornets last 10 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 11-5 in Hornets last 16 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.