[7:30 PM] Hornets @ Nets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Charlotte Hornets (3-1)

@ Brooklyn Nets (2-3)


Current odds:

Charlotte Hornets: (-270)

Brooklyn Nets: (+239)


ESPN simulations have Charlotte as 76.2% favorites to win the game.

53% of sports bets are currently on Charlotte to win as (-270) favorites.

Brooklyn is adjusting to a new offense under first-year coach Kenny Atkinson and looks explosive when the ball is moving and shots are dropping from the outside. Atkinson’s system invites the big men to test themselves from long range, and even back-to-the-basket force Brook Lopez got into the action with four 3-pointers in the 109-101 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

The Hornets can fire away from beyond the arc as well and knocked down 13 3-pointers in a 109-93 home win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Nicolas Batum buried three 3-pointers in a 17-point third quarter during a breakout effort after shooting 27 percent from the field in the first three games of the season.

Charlotte has big men that can shoot from the outside as well in centers Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky, and Kaminsky is 3-of-9 from beyond the arc in the last two games after sitting out the first two contests with a sprained right foot. Zeller scored in double figures in three of the first four games and is shooting 64 percent from the floor but was quick to point to defense as the key to the team’s success.

The biggest problem facing Brooklyn is a rash of injuries at the point guard spot, where Greivis Vasquez (ankle), Caris LeVert (foot) and Randy Foye (hamstring) are all out.

Brooklyn reserve G Sean Kilpatrick is averaging 16.6 points after pouring in 24 on Wednesday.


StreakSmarts Pick: Charlotte Hornets

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick