Brooklyn Currently Second In East
The Brooklyn Nets try to extend their 10-game winning streak when they take on the host Charlotte Hornets in an Eastern Conference battle on Saturday. Brooklyn trails the Boston Celtics by 2½ games for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday but is in last place in the Southeast Division. Both teams can light up the scoreboard, so check out our NBA betting preview of this game to help determine how you want to make your wagers.
Nets Approaching Record Win Streak
The Brooklyn Nets have matched the team’s longest winning run since 2005-06 and sitting four behind the franchise record of 14 in a row. Having two of the better clutch scorers in the league in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving has certainly helped, including Thursday, when Irving scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter of a one-point win over the Atlanta Hawks.
“For me specifically, when the fourth quarter hits, it’s winning time,” Irving said after Thursday’s win. “That’s all I really know. When I’m out there with that group to start the fourth, I know K.D. is resting a little bit, so I just have to raise my aggression level and raise my efficiency up, and I’m grateful to have the trust of my teammates and coaching staff.”
Irving is scoring 26.1 points per game while also dishing out 4.7 assists per contest. He’s scored 28 or more points in four of the last five games.
Durant is seventh in the league with 29.9 points per game, and he’s shooting 56% from the field. He had a season-high 16 rebounds to go along with 26 points, eight assists and two blocks in the win over Atlanta.
Ball Healthy, Leading Hornets Charge
The Charlotte Hornets were without their leader, LaMelo Ball, for much of the early part of the season, but the 21-year-old is back from the ankle injury that limited him to three games prior to mid-December. Ball is back with a vengeance though, averaging 26.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.9 assists this month, though the Hornets are still searching for consistent winning efforts.
Ball is coming off a near-triple-double in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He’s shooting 39.6% from 3-point range since coming back from injury, connecting on multiple 3-point attempts in all but one game this season.
Forward P.J. Washington has been a consistent contributor for the Hornets, averaging 15.1 points and 4.9 rebounds. He had 25 points in Thursday’s win, giving him 22 or more points in three of his last four games.
Rookie center Mark Williams had a big game against the Thunder, notching a double-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench. Williams is averaging 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in just 11.3 minutes a game this season.
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Hornets vs Nets Head-To-Head
The Brooklyn Nets have won both meetings with the Charlotte Hornets, though both came with Ball still out of the Hornets’ lineup. Both games were close, decided by six points or fewer.
Charlotte won the season series between the teams in 2021-22, taking two out of three games, with the home team winning each contest. A look at the NBA lines for Saturday’s matchup shows the Nets are the favorites to come away with the win in this one.
Hornets vs Nets Game Information
- Game: Nets (23-12) vs Hornets (10-26)
- Location: Spectrum Center
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec 31, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Hornets vs Nets Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
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Hornets vs Nets Picks & Prediction
The Brooklyn Nets have found their groove and have two of the game’s better closers in Irving and Durant. The Charlotte Hornets will put up a good fight in this one, but we like the Nets to pull away for the easy victory.
When doing your NBA betting, take Brooklyn to win and cover on the road.
Brooklyn is listed at -250 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Brooklyn, you have a chance to win $40. Charlotte is +205, offering a chance to win $205 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Brooklyn a 71.43% chance to win, with Charlotte at 37.29%.
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Hornets vs Nets Previous Game (Dec 7, 2022)
The Brooklyn Nets try to avoid a second straight loss when they host the Charlotte Hornets in a battle of Eastern Conference squads on Wednesday night. Brooklyn had a four-game winning streak snapped with a home loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday and is in second place in the Atlantic Division, trailing the first-place Celtics by seven games.
Charlotte has dropped two in a row and is in fourth place in the Southeast Division, 3½ games behind the third-place Miami Heat. Both teams are fighting to get in better position in the East, so before you make a bet online on this game, read our in-depth preview of the contest.