Hornets vs Thunder: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 26, 2020

Southeast Division opponents square off when the Charlotte Hornets (0-1) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0) at Spectrum Center, starting at 7:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 26, 2020. The Thunder are underdogs in the game, the first matchup between the squads this season. The matchup has a point total of .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of December 26, 2020, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Hornets vs Thunder Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 26

Hornets:
Grant Riller: Out (Knee),
Cody Zeller: Out (Hand)

Thunder:
Ty Jerome: Out (Left ankle),
Trevor Ariza: Out (Personal)

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Hornets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Devonte’ Graham 63 18.2 3.4 7.5 1.0 0.2 3.5
Terry Rozier 63 18.0 4.4 4.1 1.0 0.2 2.7
Gordon Hayward 52 17.5 6.7 4.1 0.7 0.4 1.6
Miles Bridges 65 13.0 5.6 1.8 0.6 0.7 1.5
P.J. Washington 58 12.2 5.4 2.1 0.9 0.8 1.5

Thunder Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 70 19.0 5.9 3.3 1.1 0.7 1.2
Al Horford 67 11.9 6.8 4.0 0.8 0.9 1.5
Trevor Ariza 21 11.0 4.8 2.0 1.6 0.4 1.6
George Hill 59 9.4 3.0 3.1 0.8 0.1 1.4
Hamidou Diallo 46 6.9 3.6 0.8 0.8 0.2 0.3

Shooting Trends

  • The Hornets shot 43.4% from the field last season, 1.9 percentage points lower than the 45.3% the Thunder allowed to opponents.
  • Charlotte had a 14-7-1 record against the spread and an 11-11 straight-up record in games it shot better than 45.3% from the field.
  • Oklahoma City went 20-8 against the spread and 20-9 overall when allowing opponents to shoot higher than 43.4% from the field.
  • The Thunder’s 46.4% shooting percentage from the field last season was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Hornets gave up to their opponents (47.6%).
  • Oklahoma City went 20-10-1 against the spread and 26-5 overall when it shot higher than 47.6% from the field.
  • When Charlotte’s opponents shot over 46.4% from the field last season, it was 16-7-1 against the spread and 15-10 overall.
  • The Hornets’ 35.2% three-point shooting percentage last season was only one percentage point higher than opponents of the Thunder shot from deep (34.2%).
  • Charlotte had a 23-11-1 record against the spread and a 15-21 record overall when the team hit more than 34.2% of its three-point shots.
  • Oklahoma City went 30-12-1 against the spread and 31-13 overall when its opponents shot higher than 35.2% from deep.
  • The Thunder shot 35.2% from three-point distance last season. That’s equal to what the Hornets’ opponents averaged from deep.
  • Oklahoma City went 27-11-1 against the spread and 25-15 overall when shooting over 35.2% as a team from three-point range.
  • Charlotte went 21-9-1 ATS and 17-15 overall in games it shot above 35.2% from deep.
  • The Hornets knocked down 12.1 three-pointers per game last season, 1.3 more made shots on average than the 10.8 per game the Thunder gave up.
  • When Charlotte made more threes than its opponents last season, it went 22-4 against the spread and 13-14 overall. When Oklahoma City was out-shot from deep by its opponents, it was 24-18 ATS and 24-19 straight up.
  • The Hornets ranked 15th in the NBA in made three-pointers a season ago, while the Thunder gave up the fifth-fewest made threes in the league.

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Hornets vs Thunder Stat Rankings

Hornets Rank Hornets AVG Thunder AVG Thunder Rank
30th 102.9 Points Scored 109.8 21st
12th 109.6 Points Allowed 108.6 7th
23rd 42.8 Rebounds 43.5 22nd
3rd 11 Off. Rebounds 8.3 30th
15th 12.1 3pt Made 10.8 27th
19th 23.8 Assists 21.4 28th
14th 13.9 Turnovers 13.3 6th

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