The Charlotte Hornets (25-24) play the fifth of a six-game road trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-30) at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Hornets-Thunder odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
The Hornets have alternated wins and losses in each of its past six outings. They had an impressive 114-97 win at Indiana on April 2, but they were destroyed in Boston by a 116-86 count as 9.5-point underdogs on Sunday.
The Thunder are playing the second of a four-game homestand. OKC is hopeful this one goes better than the first game, as the Thunder was humbled 132-108 by the visiting Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Hornets at Thunder: Odds, spread and lines
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- Money line: Hornets -225 (bet $225 to win $100) | Thunder +180 (bet $100 to win $180)
- Against the spread/ATS: Hornets -5.5 (-110) | Thunder +5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: 213.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Hornets at Thunder: Key injuries
- PG LaMelo Ball (wrist) out
- SF Gordon Hayward (foot) out
- SG Malik Monk (ankle) out
- SF Darius Bazley (shoulder) out
- SG Luguentz Dort (concussion) out
- PG Shea Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) out
- SF Josh Hall (concussion) out
- C Al Horford (coach’s decision) out
- PF Mike Muscala (ankle) out
- SF Isaiah Roby (concussion) out
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Hornets at Thunder: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Hornets 113, Thunder 105
Money line (ML)
The Hornets (-225) will cost you two times your potential return, and that’s a little on the expensive side for a road team.
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Against the spread (ATS)
The HORNETS -5.5 (-110) catch the Thunder at a good time, as OKC has dropped three in a row while covering just once in the past seven games overall. The Thunder +5.5 (-110) have had a power outage lately, and it doesn’t help that Gilgeous-Alexander has been on the shelf.
OVER 213.5 (-110) is the way to go despite OKC’s struggles on offense. That’s because they are also getting their doors blown off on defense. They allowed 132 points to the struggling Pistons, and the Thunder have coughed up 132 or more points in three straight.
The Hornets won’t be able to cobble that kind of offense together, and they’re on a 5-0 Under run. But even Charlotte will find plenty of offensive opportunities against the skidding Thunder.
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