Rockets vs Hornets Picks and Predictions for February 8

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Updated: February 8, 2021

John Wall has been on fire over his last six games, averaging 21 points on 44.3 percent shooting, along with dishing out 6.7 assists per game.

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The Houston Rockets have been a much better basketball team since shipping James Harden off to Brooklyn, going 8-5 straight up, but are a ho-hum 7-6 ATS over that stretch.

Will the Rockets be able to improve on that mark when they visit the Charlotte Hornets as 2.5-point NBA betting home favorites? Or will the Hornets keep buzzing and win their fifth game in their last seven tries? 

Find out with our NBA free picks and predictions for Rockets vs. Hornets on Monday, February 8 with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Houston Rockets at Charlotte Hornets Betting Preview

Injuries

Rockets: Christian Wood C (Out), Dante Exum G (Out).
Hornets: Devonte’ Graham G (Questionable).
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Betting Trend to Know

The Under is 14-5 in the Rockets’ last 19 games versus a team with a losing straight-up record. Find more NBA betting trends for Rockets vs. Hornets.

The line opened with the Rockets as 1.5-point road chalk, with the total at 220.5. Early action has been on the Rockets, who have ticked up to -2.5, and the Over, which has shifted anywhere from 223.5 to 224.5 at various books. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the Spread (ATS) Pick

The Rockets enter this matchup 8-5 (7-6 ATS) in the post-James Harden era, but have seen their offense struggle in dropping two of their last three games. But where Houston doesn’t have a problem is on defense.

Since Harden has left, the Rockets rank first in defensive rating, second in opponent field goal percentage and fifth in opponent scoring. It will go up against a Hornets offense that can score points, especially if they get hot from deep, but consistency has been a problem as they rank 19th in offensive rating and 21st in points per game.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are a middle of the road offensive team that is still trying to find its identity. But they are starting to find that chemistry in the backcourt as John Wall is starting to heat up and Eric Gordon is averaging 23 points over his last three games. 

Wall, Gordon, and Victor Oladipo will have some room to work against a Charlotte defense that while solid, does not defend the perimeter overly well with the likes of LaMelo Ball and Devonte’ Graham (questionable for tonight) doing their best work on the offensive end.

With the Hornets playing the second half of a back-to-back, we like the Rockets’ edge on defense to carry them to a win and cover in this one.

PREDICTION: Rockets -2.5 (-110)

Over/Under Pick

That Rockets’ defense will carry us right into our next pick. Houston allows just 105.9 points per game in its 13 games without Harden and it is are particularly strong defending the 3-pointer. Houston is allowing opponents to shoot just 32.6 percent from beyond the arc over that stretch and despite the fact the Over is 4-1 in the Hornets’ last five games, if threes aren’t dropping for Charlotte it’s going to have trouble scoring in this one.

And while the Rockets’ offense has been better without Harden (which is really telling about his attitude while he was still there), its 110.8 points per game ranks 20th over that 13-game stretch. With Charlotte being an average-at-worst defending team, this number has risen enough for us to go with the Under.

PREDICTION: Under 223.5 (-110)

Player Prop Pick

We mentioned before that Wall is starting to get into a groove and it may be hard to remember, but good John Wall is pretty good. He is averaging 21 points on 44.3 percent shooting over his last six games, which includes 44.7 percent from three. The former All-Star is also starting to rack up the dimes once again as well, dishing out 6.7 per game over that same stretch. With the Hornets’ shaky defense against opposing point guards, Wall is a prime candidate to go Over his points + assists total.

PREDICTION: John Wall Over 25.5 Points + Assists (-105)

Rockets vs Hornets Betting Card

  • Rockets -2.5 (-110)
  • Under 223.5 (-110)
  • John Wall Over 25.5 Points + Assists (-105)

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