Charlotte Hornets vs Portland Trail Blazers

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The Portland Trail Blazers seek to get back on the winning track when they host the Charlotte Hornets Monday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, beginning at 10:30 pm EST. Currently, the Trail Blazers are favored by 6.5-points while the total stands at 235.5-points.

The Hornets were able to prevail in a high-scoring, back and forth affair Sunday night versus the Sacramento Kings as both teams shot over 50% for the contest. However, Charlotte was able to outscore the home team 39-30 in the final period to squeak out a 1-point win as the team received huge performances from forward PJ Washington along with LaMelo Ball, who posted a double-double with 12 assists on the night. With the win, the Hornets remained on the heels of the Miami Heat for 1st in the Southeast division. The Hornets were able to cover as 3.5-point dogs versus the Kings and are 3-3 ATS in their last 6 games.

The Trail Blazers find themselves in a free-fall after dropping their 4th-straight on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night as their offense went cold after a solid 1st period while being relegated to 39% shooting from the floor in the 9-point loss. Damian Lillard along with Gary Trent, Jr. attempted to keep the team competitive throughout combining for 7 3-pointers; However, the duo was also responsible for 7 of the team’s 15 turnovers. And while Lillard shot 11-24 FG, Trent, Jr. went a dismal 8-20 from the field while missing 9 of 11 3-point attempts. Portland failed to cover for the 3rd time in 4 games, this time as 5-point dogs.

Portland will take the floor in this contest seeking its 7th-straight win versus the Hornets, including 6th-straight on their home floor. Furthermore, the Trail Blazers are also 7-3 against the number in their last 10 versus Charlotte while going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 homers.

Monk saves the day for Hornets

Malik Monk posted 20+ point off the bench in 4-straight games for Charlotte and was responsible for the game-winning hoop and the harm versus the Kings Sunday night while finishing with 21 points while going 8-17 from the field (0-7 3FG). In addition to his performance, Washington led the team with 42 points, 9 rebounds, along with 2 blocks while being responsible for 5 of the team’s 11 3-pointers while Ball posted his 4th-straight 20+ point night with 24 points and 12 dimes as the Hornets sank 54% of their shots along with 37% of their treys in the win (11).

Important to note that Terry Rozier struggled in this contest going just 2-9 FG along with 1-4 from long-range for 8 points (5 turnovers). Rozier has not only committed 15 turnovers in his last 4 outings, but, is averaging just 13 points per during this time, 6 points less than his average for the year.

However, Rozier was outstanding in his last outing versus the Trail Blazers posting 25 points and 7 rebounds while going 4-8 from deep in the team’s 3-point home win January of last year. Washington also posted 20 points, 11 boards, along with 2 blocks in addition to going 3-6 from long-range as the Hornets nailed 18 treys. However, it should be mentioned that the Hornets have posted under 100 points in 2 of 4 road outings versus the Trail Blazers while averaging 103 points during this time.

Portland endures horrible 3-game road trip

The Trail Blazers went 3-0 SU in a 3-game road trip from February 14th-17th in wins over the Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder, along with the New Orleans Pelicans, all without CJ McCollum in the lineup. However, in 3-straight outings versus 3 of the big boys in the west recently (Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers), Portland went winless as their offense posted an average of 98 points during this time. To make matters worse, McCollum remains out of the lineup after 6 weeks of rehab and is not due back until early March with a foot injury.

Lillard has certainly done his part continuing to put in solid performances, including averaging just under 30 points during their most recent road trip while Enes Kantor has been a beast on the boards racking up double-doubles in 3 of his last 4 starts. However, Trent, Jr. has underperformed during their 4-game skid while Carmelo Anthony has also been up and down during this time with his shooting average from the field dipping to under 40% after a 4-point, 2-7 shooting night versus the Lakers.

This may be the game that the Trail Blazers need to get back on track as the offense has really done well in recent meetings versus the Hornets posting an average of 115 points in their last 4 at Moda Center. On the other hand, their defense, which has allowed 121 points on average in their last 5, has given up 103 points or less in 3 of their last 4 homers versus Charlotte.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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Portland has not only won against the spread in 3 of their last 4 at home, but, have also gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings at the Moda Center.  Believe me, the Trail Blazers have struggled in recent matchups, however, the Hornets have been much to shaky against the spread in recent road matchups to back for this contest.  In all, despite their struggles, I look for the home team to shine and cover in this instance.

Prediction:
Portland Trail Blazers -6.5

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And while the over has been 4-0 in the last 4 road games for the Hornets, the Trail Blazers have played to the under in 3 of their last 4 homers.  Furthermore, the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings between these 2 squads.  In all, the Trail Blazers have struggled on the offensive end with the loss of McCollum while the Hornets have struggled throughout the year with offensive efficiency.  With this being the case, look for the under to be the huge play in this instance.

Prediction:
Under 235.5