The Denver Nuggets aim for their third victory in four games when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. Denver (44-31) had lost three of four at home before posting a 113-107 triumph over Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Nuggets, who are sixth in the Western Conference, are 22-16 away from home and had won seven straight on the road before falling in overtime at Cleveland on March 18. Charlotte (39-36) is tied with Brooklyn for eighth in the East and has won seven of eight after recording a 119-110 road victory against the Nets on Sunday.
Tip-off at the Spectrum Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Denver is a 3.5-point favorite in the latest Nuggets vs. Hornets odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 233.5. Before making any Hornets vs. Nuggets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Nuggets vs. Hornets spread: Denver -3.5
- Nuggets vs. Hornets over-under: 233.5 points
- Nuggets vs. Hornets money line: Denver -160, Charlotte +140
- DEN: The Nuggets are 0-5 against the spread in their last five visits to Charlotte
- CHA: The Hornets are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games as hone underdogs
Why the Nuggets can cover
Denver is led offensively by Nikola Jokic, who is 10th in the NBA with an average of 26.3 points. The 27-year-old Serb has scored in double figures in 13 consecutive contests, producing at least 22 points in each outing. Jokic also ranks second in the league in rebounding (13.5) and eighth in assists (7.9).
The reigning NBA MVP, Jokic posted his league-best 60th double-double of the season in the win against the Thunder as he went 13-for-15 from the floor en route to 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Aaron Gordon and Will Barton, who both are averaging 14.6 points, recorded 20 and 18, respectively, versus Oklahoma City. The 26-year-old Gordon has reached the 20-point mark in three of his last five contests.
Why the Hornets can cover
LaMelo Ball was the offensive star in Charlotte’s victory on Sunday, which was its seventh in eight games. The 20-year-old point guard made seven 3-pointers, matching Brooklyn’s total for the game, en route to 33 points and also recorded nine assists. Ball has eclipsed the 30-point plateau twice in his last three outings after failing to reach the mark in 15 consecutive contests.
Ball is averaging 20 points this season while Miles Bridges leads the Hornets with 20.1 per game. The 24-year-old Bridges finished with 24 points against the Nets and had eight boards after posting a double-double (26 points, 11 rebounds) in Friday’s home victory versus Utah. Ball and Bridges each had 16 points while Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a team-high 23 off the bench in Charlotte’s 115-107 victory at Denver earlier this season.
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