Hornets vs Rockets Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Wednesday, January 18, 2023

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The Charlotte Hornets (11-34) are 2.5-point favorites against the Houston Rockets (10-34) on January 18, 2023 at Toyota Center. The Hornets have lost five in a row, and are 2-8 in their past 10 games, while the Rockets have lost 11 straight, and have gone 0-10 in their past 10. The over/under for the matchup is set at 236.5 points.

How to bet Hornets vs. Rockets

Charlotte Hornets vs. Houston Rockets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Hornets as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Hornets have -146 odds to pick up the win, while the Rockets are listed at +124 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 236.5 points.

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Hornets vs. Rockets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSSE
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Arena: Toyota Center

Hornets vs. Rockets Betting Trends

In the Hornets’ 45 games this season, they have 17 wins against the spread. Charlotte has been chosen as the favorite in 10 games this year and has walked away with the win four times (40%) in those games. The Hornets have hit the over in 52.3% of their opportunities this year (23 times in 44 games with a set point total).

The Rockets are 16-25-3 against the spread this season. Houston has gone 10-32 in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 23.8% of those games). Rockets games this season have gone over the total in 22 of 44 opportunities (50%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Hornets Leaders
LaMelo Ball 21 24 5.4 8.4 1.1 0.3 4.1
Terry Rozier 35 20.8 4.2 5.3 0.8 0.2 2.5
P.J. Washington 44 15.2 4.5 2.3 0.8 1.1 2
Gordon Hayward 21 13.7 4.7 3.9 0.8 0.2 1.1
Mason Plumlee 45 11.4 9.8 3.7 0.6 0.7 0


Rockets Leaders
Jalen Green 43 21.5 4.3 3.6 0.8 0.2 2.4
Kevin Porter Jr. 40 19.2 5.5 5.6 1.3 0.4 2.2
Alperen Sengun 40 14.9 8.7 3.1 0.8 1 0.2
Eric Gordon 38 12.2 1.9 2.6 0.5 0.3 1.8
Jabari Smith Jr. 43 12.1 7 1 0.6 0.9 1.8
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Hornets vs. Rockets Injury Report

Rockets: Kevin Porter: Out (Foot)

What you need to know about the Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte’s offense, which ranks 22nd in the league with 112.2 points per game, has performed better than its third-worst defense (118.9 points allowed per game). Offensively the Hornets have been worse when playing at home this year, putting up 109.7 points per game, compared to 114.3 per game on the road. The Hornets have been racking up 115.6 points per game in their last 10 appearances, an average that’s slightly higher than the 112.2 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.

Charlotte, who ranks 23rd in the league with 11.1 threes per game, is shooting just 33% from beyond the arc, which is third-worst in the NBA. The Hornets are attempting 59.2 two-pointers per game this year, which account for 63.9% of the shots they’ve attempted (and 73.5% of the team’s baskets). Meanwhile, they are attempting 33.5 treys per contest, which are 36.1% of their shots (and 26.5% of the team’s buckets).

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What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

In 2022-23, Houston is third-worst in the league offensively (109.6 points scored per game) and 25th defensively (117.5 points allowed). At home the Rockets are scoring 108.4 points per game, 2.3 fewer points than they are averaging away (110.7). Over their last 10 games, the Rockets are averaging 108.7 points per game, 0.9 fewer points than their season average (109.6).

Beyond the arc, Houston is 18th in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (11.6). It is third-worst in 3-point percentage at 33%. The Rockets attempt 60.3% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 39.7% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 70.5% of the Rockets’ baskets are 2-pointers, and 29.5% are 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this game is the Rockets, and we expect that Rockets will cover the spread (Hornets -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 236.5 points.

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Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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