The Denver Nuggets are safely in the playoffs, but the final games of the season could be massive for seeding purposes. Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets are clinging to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets with our Nuggets vs. Hornets betting pick, complete with the best odds, prop predictions, and analysis.
Nuggets vs. Hornets Betting Prediction
The Nuggets are going to have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but they still have a chance to climb as high as the three seed out West. The Clippers hold a slim, one-game lead over the Nuggets.
Speaking of one-game leads, the Hornets are just one game ahead of the surging Washington Wizards for a spot in the first play-in game. Charlotte has been dropping in the standings during the second half of the season but injuries have played a major part in their slide.
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Nuggets vs. Hornets Odds
Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado:
Spread: Nuggets -6.5 (-112) // Hornets +6.5 (-109)
Moneyline: Nuggets -250 // Hornets +210
Total: Over 219.5 (-112) // Under 219.5 (-109)
Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win
Michael Porter Jr. Over 24.5 Points (-113)
Nikola Jokic is the straw that stirs the drink for this Nuggets squad, but he wouldn’t be able to have this kind of season without Michael Porter Jr.’s scoring. The young wing is developing into one of the most consistent scorers in the NBA. He is averaging 25.1 points per game since Jamal Murray went down with a season-ending injury.
Jokic gets so much of the attention that it frees up space for Porter to operate. Take the young stud to go over 24.5 points against the Hornets on Tuesday.
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Bets We Like With A Hornets Win
LaMelo Ball 10+ Assists (+520)
We are taking a big risk on LaMelo Ball here, but he is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. It only makes sense that we are going with a high-risk prop for Ball. He only has four double-digit assist games during this season, but he has come close with nine and eight assists in two of his games since returning from injury.
The payout on this bet has the potential to be massive if Ball has a big game. We expect to see plenty of highlight-reel assists from him and Jokic as the Nuggets and Hornets battle it out.
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Nuggets vs. Hornets Prediction, Pick
This is a tough game to predict. The Hornets are still scratching and clawing for a spot in the first play-in tournament game, but it’s unclear whether or not the Nuggets are still trying to jump the Clippers in the Western Conference. Charlotte is 11-8-1 ATS as a home underdog. For that reason alone, we are taking LaMelo Ball and the Hornets to cover the spread on Tuesday night.
Pick: Hornets +4.5