Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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Atlanta at Charlotte, NBA Sports betting
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, October 20, 2017
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Atlanta), FSN Southeast (Charlotte)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
703 Atlanta Hawks +4½ -112 +165 Ov 205 -117
704 Charlotte Hornets -4½ -108 -190 Un 205 -103

The division rival Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets are set to renew hostilities on Friday when they meet at Spectrum Center.

ABOUT THE HAWKS (1-0): Schroder was outstanding in his season debut, shooting 13-of-26 from the field for 28 points to go with seven assists. Second-year forward Taurean Prince pulled down 10 rebounds, and rookie forward John Collins scored 14 points with five rebounds in his NBA debut. Atlanta’s bench finished with 57 points on 56.1 percent shooting from the field.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (0-1): The turnovers proved problematic as Detroit finished the night with 26 points off Hornets’ miscues, and shot 52 percent from the field against Charlotte’s defense in the opening quarter. Guard Kemba Walker scored 24 points with six rebounds and four assists, but the rest of the Hornets shot just 38.3 percent from the field. Cody Zeller came off the bench to score eight points with nine rebounds.

Oddsmakers opened the Hornets as -5.5-point favorites versus the Hawks, while the game’s total opened at 205.

The Charlotte Hornets have averaged the fewest turnovers in the NBA each of the past four seasons, but taking care of the ball will be a focal point in Friday’s home opener against the Atlanta Hawks. Charlotte struggled in Wednesday’s 102-90 loss at Detroit, committing 17 turnovers (more than five per game more than it averaged last season) as two newcomers – veteran center Dwight Howard and rookie guard Dwayne Bacon – made their debuts in the Hornets’ starting lineup.

“We’ve just got to be better with the ball,” Howard told reporters after scoring 10 points with 15 rebounds and two blocked shots. “We’ve got to be more strong when we get it, when opponents put us on our heels.” Howard gets a chance in his first home game with his new team to face his old team, as Atlanta comes to town following an impressive 117-111 victory at Dallas in its season opener Wednesday. On a roster full of newcomers and inexperienced players, veteran Marco Belinelli hit on 4-of-6 3-point attempts off the bench in scoring 20 points. “It’s just great to have somebody like that coming off the bench and looking for his shots,” point guard Dennis Schroder told the media in describing Belinelli’s performance.

The Hornets were a 102-90 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pistons. They failed to cover the +2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (192) made winners of UNDER bettors.

Atlanta was a 117-111 winner in its last match on the road against the Mavericks. They covered the +5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 228 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Team record: 1-0 SU,1-0 ATS
Atlanta is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 12 games on the road

Team record: 0-1 SU,0-1 ATS
Charlotte is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Charlotte is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Charlotte’s last 13 games

Next up:
Atlanta at Brooklyn Sunday, October 22
Charlotte at Milwaukee Monday, October 23

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Atlanta shot 51.1 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range, 80 percent from the free-throw line and recorded 50 rebounds in the opener, reaching those marks in the same game for the first time since Jan. 30, 1993 vs. Philadelphia.

2. The Hornets played Wednesday without G Nicolas Batum (elbow) and F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (excused personal absence).

3. Charlotte won three of the four meetings with Atlanta last season, before sending Belinelli and Miles Plumlee to the Hawks for Howard in the offseason.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Charlotte Hornets will cover the spread at -4½ and the game will go over 205 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Hornets 106, Hawks 101 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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