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Hornets vs Rockets: Lamelo Ball will play a critical role in the Hornets quest for fourth win in row

The Charlotte Hornets aim for their fourth straight victory and 13th ATS win against the lowly Houston Rockets.

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Following a successful homestand against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Hornets hit the road again to take on the Rockets. 

Bovada and other major US-based sports betting sites have booked the Hornets a 5.5 points road favorite. This isn’t surprising at all as Charlotte is riding on a hot run that saw them topple eight of their last nine opponents. The total currently stands at 226 points. Barring any movement over the next few hours, it marks the second time bookmakers set the total at 226 points for a Hornets game.

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Betting Lines

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets

ATS: Hornets -5.2 points

Moneyline: Hornets -220, Rockets +180

O/U: 226 points 

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Team News

Kelly Oubre Jr. has settled in well in his role with Hornets as the swingman continues to provide his team a much-needed scoring punch off the bench. Oubre proved his value once more in the Hornets’ 133-115 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, scoring 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting, including 7-for-13 from the three-point line. After playing for Washington, Phoenix, and Golden State in the past few years, Oubre signed a two-year, $25 million deal with Charlotte last summer.

Rockets point guard John Wall reportedly wants to start logging some minutes after spending weeks in the trade purgatory. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Wall is eager to return to the court, apparently reconsidering the previous mutual agreement with the Rockets, which compels him to sit out until Houston finds a trade destination for him. 

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Injury Report

Hornets: Mason Plumlee – OUT (Calf)

Rockets: John Wall – OUT (Personal), Jaylen Green – OUT (Leg)

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Preview

The Hornets claimed a big win on Friday as they snapped the Wolves’ five-game winning run to a tune of 133-115 victory. Ouber played terrific off the bench with his seven long bombs. However, Charlotte also got a massive lift from the starters, who all scored in double-figures. LaMelo Ball had a solid double with 10 points and 13 assists, while Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges chipped in 18 each. P.J Washington tallied 17, and Terry Rozier added 15 in the wire-to-wire win.

On Wednesday, the Rockets pulled off an upset against one of the Eastern Conference elites, downing the Chicago Bulls 118-113. It took eight Rockets players to score in double figures to beat the Bulls on their home floor. Christian Wood delivered 16 points, ten rebounds, and six assists, while Danuel House Jr. fired 18 off the bench. 

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Prediction

The Hornets are on a roll, and the Rockets stand a slight chance of pulling off a back-to-back upset. Houston might own a 7-3 head-to-head record over the last 10 meetings, but Charlotte blanked them in the previous three contests. In each of those three games, the Hornets crushed them convincingly, with the last match ending in a 122-97 score. The Hornets have gone shaky (2-2) in the ATS department in the previous four games. Still, LaMelo Ball and company will not break a sweat covering -5-point handicap against the lowly Rockets. The Hornets rank no.2 in points per game at 112.8 and no.3 in three-point field goal at 37.5 percent. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see this game breach 227 points or go near it. The Rockets don’t have the firepower to match the Hornets’ free-flowing offense.  

Charlotte Hornets vs Houston Rockets Betting Pick

Pick: Hornets cover 5.5-point spread, UNDER 227 points 

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Lou Ramon Aguila is a veteran sportswriter, having covered the biggest events and names in the NBA, NFL, MLB, Boxing, and Tennis for the last 12 years. His articles have appeared in print and online with some of the most recognized media outlets, including Bleacher Report and International Business Times.

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