This will be the 6th game of a long 6-game road trip where the Hornets have been horrible, going 1-4 in the first 5 with the lone win being against a bad Phoenix Suns team. They have also lost 7 of its last 8 overall on the road. Earlier in the season, it looked like this team might have enough to make the playoffs. However, they lack the scoring depth to compete against the best teams in the league. Kimba Walker is having a fine season, leading the team in scoring at 25.0 PPG and assists 5.7 APG. Unfortunately, they only have three other players scoring in double digits, which is two less the next lowest total in the NBA.
The San Antonio Spurs are coming off back-to-back games against the Oklahoma City. They won the first game in double 2OT 154-147, only to go into OK and get beat 122-112. It’s strange trying to get used to a Spurs team that’s among the league leaders in scoring at 112 PPG. They are doing this with great shooting that includes 47.8% (4th best in NBA) from the field and an amazing 40.3% from behind the arc, best in the NBA. It’s noteworthy they don’t take a lot of 3s, but they make them count when they do. The Spurs are 13-1 at home dating back to the beginning of December. The DeMar DeRozan trade has worked out well for both the Spurs and Toronto with DeMar leading the Spurs in scoring (22.1 PPG) and assists (6.7 APG). LeMarcus Aldridge is playing very well, adding just over 20 PPG.
Prediction: The Spurs are white hot at home and the Hornets are simply awful on the road. The fact is Charlotte doesn’t have the horses to score with a Spurs team that can put up big points against suspect defenses. San Antonio -8.5 (score – San Antonio 116 -100)