Rockets vs. Hornets Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 18 (Charlotte Snaps Losing Streak in High-Scoring Win)

Larry Rupp
Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Hornets prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Houston Rockets vs Charlotte Hornets prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Nell Redmond
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Rockets vs. Hornets Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Toyota Center -- Houston, Texas
  • Coverage: BSSE and SportsNet SW

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Wednesday with nine more games, including a battle between the Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets. The Hornets rank last in the Eastern Conference with an 11-34 record, while the Rockets check in last in the Western Conference with a 10-34 record.

Charlotte enters on a five-game winning streak after falling short in a 130-118 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday. Meanwhile, Houston saw its losing streak grow to 11 games with a 140-132 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Which team will bounce back with a victory tonight?

Rockets vs. Hornets Odds & Spread

All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Hornets vs Rockets Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Hornets -2 - - - - - -130 110

The Hornets enter this contest as small road favorites on moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 236 points, which is above average when compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

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Rockets vs. Hornets Betting Trends

  • The Hornets are 16-24-3 against the spread this season.
  • This year, the Rockets have an against-the-spread record of 15-23-2 in their 40 games as an underdog of 2 points or more.
  • Hornets games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under 22 times this season.
  • Rockets games this season have hit the over 22 times in 43 opportunities (51.2%).
  • Against the spread, Charlotte has fared worse when playing at home, covering five times in 20 home games, and 11 times in 23 road games.
  • Against the spread, Houston has performed better at home (8-10-1) than on the road (7-16-1).

Rockets vs. Hornets Prediction & Pick

The two worst teams in the NBA are going head-to-head on the court tonight with the hope of ending a lengthy losing streak. Home-court advantage does not exist in this contest considering the Rockets are just 6-14 at the Toyota Center this season. Their average scoring margin at home is a dismal -4.5.

Charlotte has not fared too well on the road this year, but it's worth noting the Hornets have won four of their last five games against the Rockets. Scorers like LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier should be able to light it up as Houston allows an opponent three-point shooting mark of 36.8% (No. 24 in NBA).

Houston has also lost a ridiculous nine straight home games, so fade the Rockets on Wednesday.

Final Score Prediction: Rockets: 118 | Hornets: 122

Rockets vs. Hornets Best Bet

Don't expect to see stellar defense in this contest. Both teams rank among the bottom 10 when it comes to defensive efficiency and opponent shooting percentage. Each side also allows at least 117.5 points per game this season, which is a bottom-five mark.

All signs point to a shootout breaking out at the Toyota Center. The total has hit the over in five of Charlotte's last seven games as well as four of Houston's last six games. The over has also cashed in eight of Charlotte's last nine games against the Southwest Division. Root for points on Wednesday.

Bet: Over 236 Points (-110)

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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