NBA Odds, Expert Predictions, and Picks: Hornets vs. Trail Blazers Betting Predictions 2022
The NBA Odds Christmas schedule did not disappoint, and the slate for Monday showed no symptoms of a holiday hangover. With seven games on the schedule, two of our NBA commentators are looking forward to the next matchup of the night: the Charlotte Hornets vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.
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For tonight’s game, they have two best bets on nba odds: one individual prop and one first half total bet. Check out their Monday night expert selections and predictions below.
NBA Odds & Predictions
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Charlotte Hornets
Malik Smith: Although this game has the highest total on the schedule, I’m just interested in the first half.
According to NBA Advanced Stats, the Blazers have been scorching in the first half of the month of December, averaging 62.8 points in the opening 24 minutes of play. Only the Brooklyn Nets have scored more, and their total is skewed by the 91 points they scored against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
The Blazers are 25th in the NBA in terms of Defensive Rating, while the Hornets are 27th. We also have the rest component. Both teams got the weekend off for nba odds, and the Blazers are 8-3 to the over in the first half at home when resting two or more days.
I like the over here up to 121.5.
Joe Dellera: The Hornets face the Blazers tonight, and LaMelo Ball should continue to flourish. The Blazers rank 20th in Adjusted Defensive Rating and 20th in eFG% allowed. They’ve struggled to defend the perimeter, and opponents are shooting 37% from beyond the arc, a season low.
Ball can take advantage of this; his shooting profile has shifted somewhat from last season, and he’s wanting to shoot more threes on nba odds. He’s taking 11.3 shots per game this season, up from 7.5 last year. The 3-point shot accounts for 56% of his shooting profile, up from 43% last season.
His prop line is 3.5 3s (+124), and he’s surpassed it in eight consecutive games, with his one miss this season coming in his return from injury for nba odds. I’ll take this at a premium since I don’t believe the books have fully adjusted for his higher output.