Can't Lose Bet

It’s the start of a new week in the NBA, with the conference races on both sides remaining tight.

In the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors are on a positive run that have seen them regain control and open up a little bit of a lead again. The Western Conference is beginning to turn into a bit of a 2-horse race, with the Warriors and the Nuggets continuing to go head to head at the top. There is not a huge gap between the teams at the top and the chasing pack in the West, with the San Antonio Spurs sitting down in the #7 spot, just 5 games back of the top spot.

They will open up their week on Monday night by hosting the Charlotte Hornets, a team hanging onto the final spot in the Eastern Conference, although just a half game above the playoff line. The Hornets have had a rough go of things on the road this season, which is why they are in as a 9-point underdog for this one. The point total has been set at 223.

Game Information

NBA Game for Monday: Charlotte Hornets at San Antonio Spurs STATS

Why bet on the Charlotte Hornets?

The Hornets are 4 games below .500 at 19-23, but they are still managing to hold on to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A loss here could change that, though, as the Orlando Magic, the team sitting directly below the Hornets, are on a positive run right now. As for the Hornets, they have lost 3 in a row to go to 3-7 in their last 10 games. The bigger issue for Charlotte, though, has been their play on the road, where they are just 5-15 to this point in the season. Against teams with a winning record, Charlotte have gone just 6-14. There have been 14 games this season where the Hornets have been the road underdog, going 6-8 ATS. They have also only covered once in their last 5 games overall as the underdog.

Why bet on the San Antonio Spurs?

The Spurs are 25-19 this year, and while they are coming off a loss in their last outing, they have still won 7 of their last 10 games. Much like the Hornets, the Spurs have had some issues on the road, but that has not been the case at home, where they are 18-5 SU. While they do have a winning record against teams below .500, they are still 10-7 in those games. This will be the first meeting of the season between these two, with the Spurs hoping that they can continue their positive run against the Hornets. They have swept the season series in each of the last 2 seasons, which means that they have now won 4 straight against Charlotte. As a home favorite, the Spurs are a very solid 10-5 ATS, while they have covered the spread in 8 of their last 10 games overall.

NBA Game for Monday: Charlotte Hornets at San Antonio Spurs_DeMar-DeRozan

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a game that should be a bit of a runaway win for the Spurs, especially when you consider that that Hornets only have 5 wins all season long on the road. Let’s go with San Antonio to win and cover.

Predicted Score: Charlotte Hornets 104 | San Antonio Spurs 117

NBA Game for Monday: Charlotte Hornets at San Antonio Spurs Winner