The Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets hail from different conferences, making their matchups a little more rare than those between teams that both play in the East or West. And with this being the lone trip to Charlotte for the season for the Trail Blazers, this game is likely to be appointment viewing for fans of both teams. On Halloween Sunday, this inter-conference clash is likely to be among the more interesting games on the NBA schedule
Early this season, the Charlotte Hornets have been one of the pleasant surprises in the NBA, having won four of their first six games. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, have won two straight to get to 3-2 since the tip off of the NBA season. Here, both teams will look to keep their momentum going in this Portland Trail Blazers vs. Charlotte Hornets matchup from Charlotte.
Portland Trail Blazers – Winless On The Road
So far this season, the Portland Trail Blazers have won three of their first five games, thanks to two straight wins in their last two contests. In those two games, Damian Lillard has started to get into a groove shooting the basketball, as he has started to make up for a slump that resulted in him shooting 8% from three-point range through three games. But the Trail Blazers have yet to face any real tests on the road so far.
In their lone road game of this season, the Portland Trail Blazers lost to the LA Clippers by 30 points. They should be more competitive in Charlotte here, but the point remains that we have yet to see anything positive from the Trail Blazers on their home floor. And with Portland playing four of their first five games at home, how they react to being on the road will be interesting in and of itself.
Expected Line-Up: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Jusuf Nurkic
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Charlotte Hornets – Off To A Fast Start
So far this season, the Charlotte Hornets have been excellent, winning four of their first six games and turning heads in the process. They have split their two home games on the year, but have gone 3-1 on the road to secure a fast start. Having already played the Pacers, Celtics, Nets and Heat, Charlotte has proven that they can go toe-to-toe with some of the toughest competition the NBA has to offer.
A big reason for Charlotte’s early-season success has been the play of Miles Bridges, who has led the team with 25 points per game through six games. Bridges has shot over 50 percent, and has been incredibly efficient for his team. Against a Trail Blazers team that isn’t loaded with defensive talent, Bridges and LaMelo Ball could have a spectacular evening on their home floor.
Expected Line-Up: LaMelo Ball, Kelly Oubre, Gordon Hayward, Miles Bridges, Mason Plumlee
Expert Pick #1 – Hornets +1 @ -110
The first bet to make on this game is the Hornets +1 at odds of -110. Charlotte should be able to take advantage of the defensive struggles that the Trail Blazers are known for in this contest, especially at the guard spots. And with the Trail Blazers coming into this game with very little experience playing on the road this season, the Hornets should be able to come out fast and blitz the Trail Blazers into an early hole.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 229.5 @ -110
Taking the over 229.5 at -110 odds is another bet that is worth making for this game. Four of Charlotte’s six games on the season have gone over that threshold, and it should happen again here. Portland is not a good defensive team by any stretch of the imagination, and the Hornets play at a pace that should force the Trail Blazers to get plenty of shots up in their own right. Both teams should be able to contribute to an over here.
Expert Pick #3 – Hornets to Win @ -105
The final bet to make in this game is the Hornets to win outright at -105 odds. This bet comes at a slightly better price than taking the Hornets plus the one-point spread. While the Trail Blazers could come out and win this one, there is too much value on the Hornets to pass this market up. Expect a Charlotte team returning home after a two-game road swing to be fired up and pick up the victory.
So far this season, the Charlotte Hornets have been one of the most electrifying teams in the NBA. They will continue to be just that on Sunday night against the Trail Blazers. While Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum lead a team of formidable foes in the Trail Blazers, the Hornets have the talent at several positions to exceed their capabilities on their home floor.