Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Charlotte Hornets 12/18/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Denver Nuggets vs Charlotte Hornets 12/18/22
Sun 18th December 2022

The Charlotte Hornets (7-22, 3-11 Away) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they are on the road to face the Denver Nuggets (17-11, 8-3 Home) on Sunday. Charlotte was outplayed by the Atlanta Hawks 125-106 at Spectrum Center on Friday, their seventh loss in a row.

LaMelo Ball was the key player in defeat with 27 points. The Hornets are the 15th seed in the Eastern Conference. Denver lost in blowout fashion on Friday at Arena, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 126-108. Nikola Jokic had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists in defeat, leading the team.

The Nuggets are one game back in the Western Conference, currently sitting in third. This marks the first meeting of the season between the teams. Charlotte and Denver split their matchups last season, each team winning one.

The Nuggets triumphed in the last meeting 113-109 at Spectrum Center on March 28. Jokic led the Nuggets with a triple double, totaling 26 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Miles Bridges had 27 points in the loss.Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr., averaging 21.8 and 20.9 points per game, respectively, are leading the Hornets in scoring this season. Both are among the NBA’s top scorers, as Rozier is No. 1 and Oubre Jr. is first.

Rozier also has dished 5.7 assists per game, most in the NBA. Meanwhile, Mason Plumlee is grabbing 9.5 rebounds per game.Jokic’s 24.6 points per game have powered the Nuggets on offense.

He is the top scorer in the NBA. Jokic has also tallied 10.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game, for which he ranks first and first in the NBA, respectively. The Nuggets rank as one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NBA, second-best with 115.7 points per game. The Hornets are 4-6 in their last 10 visits to Ball Arena.

Charlotte is seeking to snap a five-game losing run on the road this season. Charlotte is 2-8 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -11.2 (111.6-122.8). Denver has gone 6-4 over the last 10, scoring 117.8 points per game on average while holding opponents to 115.5 (+2.3 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Nick Richards: 11.0 | 16.0 | -5.0
Points per game:
LaMelo Ball: 25.0 | 18.0 | +7.0
Gordon Hayward: 9.0 | 14.5 | -5.5
Rebounds per game:
Nick Richards: 4.8 | 6.5 | -1.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
DeAndre Jordan: 7.8 | 11.4 | -3.7
Rebounds per game:
DeAndre Jordan: 3.8 | 5.5 | -1.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Denver Nuggets -9.5 (-105)

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