Charlotte Hornets @ Portland Trail Blazers – Moda Ccenter at 03:00

Both the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets come into this game with a losing record, but remain in a position to make the Play Offs. That was the least that both would have expected at the start of the season, but neither has found the consistency to really start moving up the Play Off standings in their respective Conferences.

There should be some revenge on the Portland minds after being embarrassed by Charlotte a couple of weeks ago in a road game. Being back at home for this one does lend the edge to the Trail Blazers who have been better here than on the road and they are facing a Charlotte team who have lost four in a row and who will be facing the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

It shouldn’t take the focus away from this game, but the players can be forgiven for perhaps wanting to save some energy for the game with one of the best teams in the NBA. The problem for the Hornets has been the lack of efficiency at both ends of the court and the Portland Trail Blazers may match up well with them as they have shown some improvement in their Defensive work.

Charlotte can keep this close by winning the battles on the board, but they have struggled as a small underdog this season as they are just 1-3 against the spread when given less than 4 points as the underdog. It does have to be noted that Portland have not been a great favourite to back, but this looks a very good chance for them to win a game and cover.

The Trail Blazers have a 7-1 record against the spread in their last eight at home against Charlotte and I will be looking for Portland to win this by enough points to cover the number.

Handicap Betting Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -3 Points at 1.84

Prices correct at the time of writing.

By @DavAulak

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