Portland Trail Blazers vs. Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Free Picks and Predictions

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Portland at Charlotte, NBA Sports betting
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 16, 2017
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN Northwest (Portland), FSN Southeast (Charlotte)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
501 Portland Trail Blazers +3½ -110 +145 Ov 204½ -110
502 Charlotte Hornets -3½ -110 -165 Un 204½ -110

The fans at Spectrum Center will be treated to a game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Charlotte Hornets when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS (15-13): Center Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) returned from a three-game absence and was rusty offensively with nine points on 4-of-11 shooting while collecting 11 rebounds. Nurkic is on a minutes restriction for the back-to-back games but should be able to expand his playing time early next week. Lillard tallied 21 points against the Magic and is averaging 28.7 points in six December outings, while shooting guard CJ McCollum scored 20 and is averaging 24.3 points over the past four games.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (10-18): Point guard Kemba Walker scored 25 points against the Heat despite leaving the game for a short time with an injured left wrist. Walker has tallied 20 or more five times over the past seven games and is averaging 21.9 points during the stretch. Center Dwight Howard contributed 15 points and 16 rebounds against Miami and has 16 double-doubles this season, including in four of the past five contests.

Oddsmakers opened the Hornets as -3½-point favorites versus the Trail Blazers, while the game’s total opened at 204.5.

The Portland Trail Blazers have recovered from a season-worst, five-game losing streak with back-to-back victories. Portland aims to continue the momentum on Saturday when it visits the struggling Charlotte Hornets, who have lost nine of their past 11 games.

The Trail Blazers notched a 95-88 road win over the Orlando Magic on Friday, a contest they led by 17 points with less than 7 1/2 minutes before Orlando got back into the game. “You’ve got to win games,” star point guard Damian Lillard told reporters afterward. “If we came out here and lost this game, then what would you say? You’d say, ‘Oh, you guys lost another one.’ All that matters is winning the game.” Charlotte has found winning to be a tough task recently and the home fans showered the club with jeers during the final quarter of Friday’s 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat. “We’re not slacking,” interim coach Stephen Silas, who is filling in for ailing Steve Clifford, told reporters. “We’re not not playing hard at all. Some of those turnovers were not smart. So part of it is playing smarter, but part of it, to me, is also making shots.”

In their last action, Charlotte was a 104-98 loser at home against the Heat. They failed to cover the -5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (202) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Portland was a 95-88 winner in its last match on the road against the Magic. They covered the -4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 183 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Team record: 15-13 SU,13-13-2 ATS
Portland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Portland is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland’s last 5 games

Team record: 10-18 SU,11-15-2 ATS
Charlotte is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Charlotte’s last 8 games

Next up:
Portland at Minnesota Monday, December 18
Charlotte home to New York Monday, December 18

NBA Sports Betting Tips
1. The Trail Blazers have won 12 of the past 16 meetings.

2. Charlotte SG Nicolas Batum – a former Portland starter – is averaging just 6.3 points on 11-of-34 shooting over his past four games.

3. Portland F Al-Farouq Aminu is 18-of-31 from 3-point range over the past five contests.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks:  Portland Trail Blazers will cover the spread at +3½ and the game will go over 204½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Hornets 107, Trail Blazers 104 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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