Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns, Thursday, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NBA Basketball Odds, Picks and Prediction

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS PHOENIX SUNS
26-34 March 2, 9:00 PM | Talking Stick Resort Arena 18-42
Charlotte at Phoenix, Betting Lines
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 2, 2017
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Charlotte), FSN Arizona
Rotation – Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
703 –Charlotte Hornets -4 -110 -170 Ov 219 -110
704 –Phoenix Suns +4 -110 +150 Un 219 -110

The fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena will be treated to a game between the Charlotte Hornets and the Phoenix Suns when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (26-34): Kemba Walker led the way with 30 points in Tuesday’s 109-104 triumph – his third 30-plus effort in four games since the break – and came away feeling good about his team’s performance on both ends. “We made plays down the stretch, defensively, I think,” Walker told reporters. “Even though (the Lakers) made some incredible shots, I thought we did a great job at just being locked in, especially in the fourth quarter, which is one of the more important quarters. We were locked in, we were tied together, made some huge plays offensively, as well. Just all around, it was a great effort.” The win was also notable for the return of center Cody Zeller, who played 18 minutes off the bench after sitting out 13 of the previous 14 games with a quad injury.

ABOUT THE SUNS (18-42): Phoenix coach Earl Watson is tired of watching his young players get knocked around on the court and decided to say something about it after shooting guard Devin Booker was the target of some physical play on Tuesday. “We have to find someone in free agency or the first chance we get who can protect our top offensive players,” Watson told reporters. “That has to happen. If not, (Booker) is going to see a lot of elbows. It’s the reason Kobe (Bryant) went out and got Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) and Matt Barnes. It’s the reason why (Michael) Jordan went out and got guys who could protect him.” Booker managed nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in the loss to mark the first time since Dec. 28 that he failed to reach double figures.

Oddsmakers currently have the Hornets listed as 4-point favorites versus the Suns, while the game’s total is sitting at 219.

The Charlotte Hornets are starting to pull themselves out of a lengthy funk with wins in two of the last three games and will try to make it three of four when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. The Hornets suffered through a stretch of 12 losses in 13 games before heading to the West Coast, where they managed to outlast the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers.

Charlotte’s competitive streak goes back to the first game after the All-Star break, when it lost in overtime at Detroit, and includes an overtime setback at the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday sandwiched between the wins over the Kings and Lakers. The Hornets are down to the last two stops on a seven-game road trip that began before the break and can look forward to a stretch of nine of 12 at home beginning next week. The Suns did not put up much of a fight in a 130-112 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, which marked the third time in the last 10 games they surrendered at least 130 points. “We’re still trying to figure ourselves out,” said Phoenix veteran forward Jared Dudley, according to the Arizona Republic. “It’s going to be like that this year. It could be even like that next year. We’re working on different situations (with our young players) so this right here is really like an experiment.”

Phoenix lost its last outing, a 130-112 result against the Grizzlies on February 28. The Suns failed to cover in that game as a +9-point underdog, while the 242 combined points took the game OVER the total.

The Hornets were a 109-104 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Lakers. They earned a push of the -5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (213) made winners of UNDER bettors.

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Charlotte:
Team record: 26-34 SU,25-32-3 ATS
Charlotte is 4-11-2 ATS in its last 17 games
Charlotte is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte’s last 9 games

Phoenix:
Team record: 18-42 SU,29-30-1 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Phoenix is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 6 games

Next up:
Charlotte at Denver Saturday, March 4
Phoenix home to Oklahoma City Friday, March 3

NBA HOOPS UPDATE

1. Hornets SG Nicolas Batum went 8-of-13 from 3-point range against the Clippers on Sunday but slumped to 1-of-9 in the same arena against the Lakers on Tuesday.

2. Phoenix veteran C Tyson Chandler and veteran PG Brandon Knight each sat out the last three games as the team looks at younger players.

3. The teams split the season series in each of the last two campaigns.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Phoenix Suns will cover the spread at +4 and the game will stay under 219 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Hornets 112, Suns 100 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
CHR TEAM PHO
104.8 PTS FOR 107.1
104.4 PTS AGNST 112.8
0.4 DIFF. -5.7
36.2 DEF REBOUNDS 32.4
8.9 OFF REBOUNDS 11.9
43.8 FG% 45.0
81.0 FT% 78.6
10.1 3 POINTERS 7.9
6.5 STEALS 8.3
BETTING TRENDS
CHARLOTTE
Charlotte is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
Charlotte is 4-11-2 ATS in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte’s last 9 games
Charlotte is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Charlotte is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Charlotte is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Charlotte’s last 13 games when playing Phoenix
Charlotte is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Charlotte’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Charlotte is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
PHOENIX
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix’s last 6 games
Phoenix is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Phoenix is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Phoenix is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Phoenix’s last 12 games at home
Phoenix is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Phoenix’s last 13 games when playing Charlotte
Phoenix is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Charlotte
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix’s last 12 games when playing at home against Charlotte
Phoenix is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Charlotte
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Charlotte’s Overall Scoring vs Phoenix’s Overall Defense 104.8 18 112.8 29
Charlotte’s Away Scoring vs Phoenix’s Home Defense 104.5 14 111.2 28
Charlotte’s Road Rebounds vs Phoenix’s Home Rebounds Allowed 45.1 5 42.5 12
Phoenix’s Overall Scoring vs Charlotte’s Overall Defense 107.1 10 104.4 10
Phoenix’s Home Scoring vs Charlotte’s Road Defense 107.8 12 106.5 15
Phoenix’s Home Rebounds vs Charlotte’s Road Rebounds Allowed 46.1 6 45.5 25
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CHARLOTTE
Charlotte is second last in the league in field goal percentage at just 43.8.
Charlotte allows the most three points made in the league with 11.3 per game.
PHOENIX
Phoenix has given up the second most points in the league at 112.8 per game.
Phoenix has the third worst field goal percentage against allowing 47.3.

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