Warriors Looking for Sportsbook Rebound against Charlotte
Posted by: Charlie Smith
It’s been a confusing week to bet on NBA games. This past Monday night the Cavaliers continued their recent fallout by losing a close contest to the Pelicans. Then Golden State got their 7-game winning streak snapped by the lowly Heat. And just last night the Celtics were unable to surpass the Wizards and had to leave Washington rather embarrassed. So will the usual suspects continue to disappoint? Or will NBA scores start to more accurately reflect what sportsbooks are predicting?
Wednesday’s round of matchups features 8 contests but one worth tuning in for is the pairing between the Golden State Warriors and the Charlotte Hornets. The Warriors most recently got shamed by Miami and it will be interesting to see if Golden State will be able to recover from the humiliation, or if their despondent spirits lead them to another loss. Let’s check the odds from the best basketball betting sites to see what the bookies are predicting for the Warriors.
SPORTSBOOK ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Wednesday, January 25th
Golden State Warriors -9½ (-110) 222½ (-110) -525
Despite the fact the Hornets have a winning record – something the Heat didn’t have, the bookies don’t think a bet on NBA upsets should go in Charlotte’s favor. The Hornets are coming into this bout with a 23-22 record which ranks them 6th in the Eastern Conference and qualifies them as a playoff team. After seeing the Heat – who rank 14th in the East, overcome the Warriors, there’s no doubt that Charlotte will be coming into this contest with enough confidence to pose a threat to Golden State.
The Hornets last took to the floor Monday night when they faced off against the Wizards. Washington won that contest 109-99 but before that loss Charlotte had amassed a 3-game win streak. The Hornets .511 win percentage ranks them 3rd in the Southeast Division. Wednesday night’s game against Golden State will mark the first time the Hornets have faced this year’s sportsbook favorites this season. The second round will be in less than a week on February 1st.
As aforementioned, the Warriors recently got their 7-game win streak snapped by the East’s penultimate team, the Miami Heat. Golden State is coming into this game with a 38-7 record, a 1st place ranking in the Pacific Division as well as the Western Conference. This game is significant for the Warriors because Golden State hasn’t conceded back-to-back losses all season long and both Coach Kerr and the Warriors’ players have expressed how proud they are of this feat. Wednesday night, those who bet on NBA will find out if the Hornets can soil Golden State’s self-esteem.
The Warriors are led in points by Kevin Durant who is averaging 26.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Second is Stephen Curry and his average of 24.6, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. Draymond Green leads the team in rebounds with 8.6 per game and is averaging 10.6 points per game.
The Hornets are led by Kemba Walker and his 23.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. Next is Nicolas Batum who is putting up 14.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.9 assists. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist leads Charlotte in rebounds with 7.5 per game.