The San Antonio Spurs will be favored at home when they step on the court for Monday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. San Antonio has the seventh best record in the Western Conference at 22-17, while New Orleans comes in at 18-24, which is tied for the 11th best mark in the West.
San Antonio had a three-game winning streak snapped in Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Meanwhile, the Hornets followed a four-game winning streak by losing each of their last three games.
Pick ATS: Spurs -5
The Spurs will get back to the AT&T Center after a five-game road trip where they went 3-2, and a return home will be good for them. San Antonio has not been a dominant team at home at just 10-10 in their home arena, but this is also not a great betting position for the Hornets. They are in the fourth of a five-game road trip, lost all three by double digits so far and second leading scorer Terry Rozier is questionable to play with a hip injury. Let’s go with San Antonio to take over this one and cover the number. The Hornets also lost Rookie of the Year favorite LaMelo Ball to a fractured wrist on Sunday night.
Player Prop: DeMar DeRozan O20.5 points (-107)
There is a lot of reason to like about DeMar DeRozan’s ability to score higher than his season average of 20.3 points per game on Monday night. He doesn’t shoot a whole lot of 3-pointers, so he finds other ways to score. Primarily staying inside the three-point line, he is going up against a Charlotte defense is last in the NBA in opponent two-point shooting percentage, which is perfect for DeRozan’s skill set. Look for a big game from DeRozan, who is averaging 24 points in his last three games.
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