Charlotte Hornets (5-4, 1-3 away) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (5-3, 2-1 home)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 5th, 8:00 pm EST
Line: Minnesota -5.5
The Charlotte Hornets head to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves on Sunday night. Both teams are playing reasonably well and are both above .500 as they enter Sunday’s contest. Charlotte has been a lot better at home, however, going 4-1 at home and winning only one game on the road thus far. They lost their latest, 108-101 in San Antonio, against a Kawhi Leonard less Spurs team.
The T-Wolves, meanwhile, have a winning record on the road at 3-2 and they area also above .500, going 2-1 at home. They didn’t start off the year that well with a couple of ugly losses thrown in, but they have won three straight games to get up and over .500. They beat the Thunder by three, Heat by three, and Pelicans by six during this winning streak. It’s nice to see that a young team knows how to win the close ones.
Charlotte fall short
The Hornets hung around for most of the game on Friday night in San Antonio, but the Spurs played better down the stretch. Charlotte played a lackluster first half, but exploded to start the third quarter and go a sizable lead, before giving it up and trailing going into the fourth. They hung around but couldn’t get over the hump and the Spurs pulled aways down the stretch, winning by seven in the end.
The Hornets were led by Jeremy Lamb who has been a revelation this season. He had 27 points on Friday and is now averaging 18.1 points, 5.6 boards, and 3.1 assists on the year. He was considered a bit of a bust as recently as last year so it’s nice to see him turning his career around. He shot 10 of 15 from the field against the Spurs and made all three three-pointers he took.
Minnesota wins three straight
The Timberwolves are really a weird team thus far this year. I can’t tell if they are good or just lucky. The analytic people would probably say they are over rated, judging by their big minutes in overall +/- on the year. Their five wins have been by two, three, three, three, and six points. That’s five wins by a total of 17 points, just over three points a game. At least you can say, they know how to win the close ones.
And now the losses. Their three losses have been by eight, 23, and 21 points. They have been outscored by 52 points in their three losses for an average of over 17 points per game and it makes their +/- on the season -35. So it’s really hard to know who the Timberwolves are right now……They have a game on Saturday, so the Hornets game will be a back to back.
The Charlotte Hornets are:
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning overall record
The Minnesota Timberwolves are:
- 22-10-1 ATS in their last 33 versus teams with a winning overall record
The Hornets are one of those teams that just play a lot better at h0me. They are a team that I like to fade on the road and did so Friday against the Spurs. I’ll do it again on Sunday. Let’s take Minnesota at home.