The Charlotte Hornets have not had many wins as a team this season. In fact, Charlotte has the third-fewest wins in the league. Over the previous eight days, though, the Hornets have won three out of five games. That is tied for their best five-game stretch of the season.
On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Hornets beat the Chicago Bulls, 111-96, despite being 3.5-point underdogs.
The Hornets have some solid young talent and hope for the future. It is just not going to result in much this season. Well, other than a high draft pick. That could result in helping with a Hornets turnaround this next season.
That said, here is what you need to know about the Hornets’ betting odds.
Charlotte Hornets Odds vs. Heat on Jan. 29
The Hornets and Heat will face off Sunday in their third of four matchups this season. The Heat have won the first two, including an overtime thriller in their first matchup of the season. While Charlotte is at home in this game, the Heat will likely be the betting favorite once the lines for this game are released on various online sports betting apps.
It is worth noting that Miami is one of the worst teams against the spread in the entire NBA, even worse than Charlotte. The Heat are 19-27-3 against the spread this season. In contrast, their win-loss record is 27-22. Miami is good at winning games but is not so good at covering spreads. As one of the NBA’s more popular teams, it is likely a result of too much money being bet on their side and driving their lines up.
Hornets Betting Fast Facts
- Charlotte has won three out of its last five games and covered the spread in all three wins. The Hornets were underdogs in two of those three wins making for solid moneyline value.
- Charlotte is 5-11 ATS as home underdogs this season which the Hornets will likely be against Miami.
- Charlotte is a decent bet when a double-digit underdog. In 10 games this season in which the Hornets have been a 10-point or more underdog, they have won straight up four times. If one had bet the same wager on all 10 of those games, that bettor would bet a net positive +782.
- The Hornets are 7-15 ATS as a home team this season.
Will Charlotte Test the Trade Water Before the Feb. 9 Deadline
Making some trades before the NBA’s trade deadline could be wise in what has become a rebuilding season for Charlotte. Even with a big win streak or two, Charlotte is likely to miss the playoffs. Would it be worth it if the Hornets somehow snuck their way into one of the last spots in the play-in tournament? No, because it is not like Charlotte could compete for anything worthwhile this season.
The smart thing would be to trade some of their higher-value veteran assets for draft picks, cap flexibility, and maybe younger developmental players. Here are the players Charlotte should consider moving:
- Terry Rozier: Scary Terry is having a solid season and still has two to three years left on his contract. An NBA contender would love a player like Rozier, who can fill it up and play on or off the ball.
- Mason Plumlee: The veteran big is in the last season of his contract but has proven to be a solid all-around player. While he may not hold a ton of value, it is reasonable to see a team willing to part with a second-round pick or something similar to pick a guy that could fill the center spot off the bench.
- Kelly Oubre Jr.: Every NBA team searches for extra three and D players to bolster their playoff rotation. That fits Oubre Jr., and it is easy to see a contender who would want to add him to the rotation.
Charlotte Hornets Upcoming Games
Here are the Hornets’ upcoming games.
- vs. Miami — Sunday, Jan. 29
- @Milwaukee — Tuesday, Jan. 31
- @Chicago — Thursday, Feb. 2
- @Detroit — Friday, Feb. 3
- vs. Orlando — Sunday, Feb. 5
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