Rockets vs Hornets Prediction: Picks, Live Odds & Moneyline – Friday, April 7, 2023

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A contest featuring one of the colder squads in the NBA will see the Houston Rockets (20-60, 2-8 during their last 10) square off against the Charlotte Hornets (26-54) at Spectrum Center on April 7, 2023. Despite their recent struggles, the Rockets are four-point favorites. The matchup has a 229 point total.

How to bet Rockets vs. Hornets

Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with bookmakers listing the Rockets as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, the Rockets have -178 odds to pick up the win, while the Hornets are listed at +150 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 229 points.

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Rockets vs. Hornets Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, April 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSSE
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arena: Spectrum Center

Rockets vs. Hornets Betting Trends

The Rockets have played 80 games, with 31 wins against the spread. Houston has been chosen as the favorite in five games this year and has walked away with the win three times (60%) in those games. Rockets games this year have gone over the total in 40 out of 80 opportunities (50%).

In the Hornets’ 80 games this season, they have 34 wins against the spread. Charlotte has won 28.1% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (18-46). The Hornets have hit the over 42.5% of the time this season (34 of 80 games with a set point total).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players

Rockets

Rockets Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jalen Green 74 22.2 3.8 3.7 0.8 0.2 2.5
Kevin Porter Jr. 58 19 5.4 5.7 1.4 0.3 2.4
Alperen Sengun 73 14.8 8.8 3.9 0.9 0.9 0.2
Jabari Smith Jr. 77 12.7 7.3 1.3 0.5 0.9 1.5
Kenyon Martin Jr. 80 12.7 5.5 1.5 0.5 0.4 0.9

Hornets

Hornets Leaders
Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Dennis Smith Jr. 54 8.8 3.1 4.8 1.4 0.5 0.4
Mark Williams 41 8.6 6.9 0.4 0.6 1 0
Nick Richards 63 8.2 6.4 0.6 0.2 1 0
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk 28 6.5 1.5 1.5 0.4 0.1 1.3
Theo Maledon 42 6.1 2.7 3.3 0.7 0.3 0.6
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Rockets: Jae’Sean Tate: Out (Knee), John Wall: Out (Abdominal)

Hornets: LaMelo Ball: Out (Ankle), Terry Rozier: Out (Foot), Cody Martin: Out (Knee), Gordon Hayward: Out (Thumb), Kelly Oubre: Out (Shoulder), P.J. Washington: Out (Foot), Dennis Smith: Questionable (Toe), Mark Williams: Probable (Ankle)

What you need to know about the Houston Rockets

When it comes to points, Houston is getting outplayed both offensively and defensively, as it ranks third-worst in the league in points scored (110.7 per game) and fourth-worst in points allowed (118.8 per contest). Offensively the Rockets have played better when playing at home this season, scoring 110.8 points per game, compared to 110.6 per game on the road. The Rockets have seen an uptick in scoring lately, racking up 112.8 points per game in their last 10 contests, 2.1 points more than the 110.7 they’ve scored this season.

Houston has been struggling in terms of threes this year, ranking second-worst in the NBA in treys made per game (10.5) and worst in three-point percentage (32.7%). When it comes to shot breakdown, the Rockets have taken 63.7% two-pointers (accounting for 74% of the team’s baskets) and 36.3% threes (26%).

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What you need to know about the Charlotte Hornets

On offense, Charlotte is the fourth-worst squad in the NBA (111 points per game). Defensively, it is 22nd (117.5 points allowed per game). In 2022-23 the Hornets are averaging 3.5 fewer points per game at home (109.3) than away (112.8). The Hornets have fared worse offensively over their last 10 games, tallying 106 points per contest, five fewer points their than season average of 111.

In 2022-23 Charlotte is 24th in the NBA in 3-point makes (10.8 per game) and second-worst in 3-point percentage (33.2%). The Hornets attempt 35.8% percent of their shots from behind the 3-point line, and 64.2% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 26% of the Hornets’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 74% are 2-pointers.

Our pick to win this matchup is the Hornets, and we predict that Hornets will cover the spread (Rockets -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 229 points.

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You can bet on Rockets vs. Hornets at every legal online sportsbook. For more NBA odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals as well as NBA prop odds, check out the latest NBA lines as well as our guide to the best NBA betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

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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