Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Hornets 1/18/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Hornets 1/18/23
Wed 18th January 2023

The Charlotte Hornets (11-34, 6-18 Away) travel to face the Houston Rockets (10-34, 6-14 Home) on Wednesday in a matchup of teams hoping to halt losing streaks. Charlotte was beaten by the Boston Celtics 130-118 at Spectrum Center on Monday, their fifth consecutive loss.

Jalen McDaniels was the scoring leader in the losing effort with 26 points. Mason Plumlee was another key contributor with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists. The Hornets are 15th in the Eastern Conference. Houston dropped their 11th in a row on Monday at Arena, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers 140-132.

Alperen Sengun had 33 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, and four blocks in the losing effort to lead the team. The Rockets are the 15th seed in the Western Conference. This marks the first meeting of the season between the teams. Charlotte and Houston split their matchups last season, winning one game apiece.

The Hornets took the last meeting 123-99 at Spectrum Center in December 2021. Terry Rozier led the Hornets with 27 points. Trevelin Queen had 17 points in the losing effort. The Hornets have been led this season by Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr., who are averaging 20.8 and 20.2 points per game, respectively.

Rozier also has dished 5.3 assists per game. Meanwhile, Plumlee is grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game. Jalen Green (21.5 ppg) and Kevin Porter Jr. (19.2) have supplied much of the Rockets’ offense.

Porter Jr. also has doled out 5.6 assists per game. Sengun has pulled down 8.7 rebounds per game. The Hornets have struggled in recent games at Toyota Center, losing nine of the last 10.

Charlotte is looking to end a three-game losing streak away from Spectrum Center this season. Houston is looking to avoid a 10th straight defeat at home this season. In the last 10 games, Charlotte is 2-8 with an average margin of -6.5 (115.6-122.1).

Houston has lost each of the last 10 as part of the team’s 11-game losing streak, allowing 123.7 points per game on average while scoring only 108.7 (-15.0 margin). The Rockets are averaging 109.6 ppg for the full season while allowing 117.5.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Mason Plumlee: 32.6 | 24.9 | +7.7
Dennis Smith Jr.: 10.6 | 15.7 | -5.1
Points per game:
Mason Plumlee: 16.6 | 11.4 | +5.2
Rebounds per game:
Mason Plumlee: 12.6 | 9.8 | +2.8
Nick Richards: 3.5 | 5.8 | -2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Eric Gordon: 22.4 | 16.7 | +5.7
Points per game:
Eric Gordon: 16.4 | 12.2 | +4.2
Assists per game:
Kevin Porter Jr.: 4.0 | 5.6 | -1.6

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Charlotte Hornets (-145)

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