Charlotte Hornets
From left to right, Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Martin (11), forward Jalen McDaniels (6), guard LaMelo Ball (2), guard Terry Rozier (3) and forward Miles Bridges (0) celebrate as they walk to the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley)

PISTONS VS HORNETS BEST BETS, JAN. 5

Kyle Barrette

Well, it’s always difficult being part of a bad beat, but that was some of the worst officiating I’ve ever seen last night. Fox was literally the only player on that half of the court and why the refs didn’t review anything we will never know, but it was the absolute worst call of the season, but we move on. Where have these pistons been? They have won two in a row now and are one of the defending champions. Now they get the Hornets, who cannot stop your local YMCA team from putting up 115 on them, so what’s the play in this matchup? Let’s break it down and find out.

Hornets
In the first ten games or so of the season, there was real hope for the hornets. They were young, high-scoring, and playing at a rapid pace. While all of those things are still true, their absolute lack of defense trumps all of those positives. They rank dead last in the league in defense and are allowing 117 points per game. To start January, they have lost both games and allowed 257 total points. Offensively, they have been able to hang in most of these games as they rank second in the league in points scored per game at 115, but a negative point ratio is not going to win you a lot of games in this league and that’s what we have seen happen lately with the Hornets. Certainly, they should be able to slow down one of the worst teams in the league, the Pistons, right?

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Pistons
New Year, new pistons. We’re two games into the New Year and this team has already matched almost 50% of their win total from the last two months. Detroit ranks 29th in points scored per game. To their defense, they are extremely young and have been one of the hardest hit by health and safety protocols. With that said, getting some of their players back has worked wonders as they actually put up two of their highest scoring games of the season. Defensively, the Pistons rank 21st, allowing opponents to score 110 points per game. Could the Hornets be the next team to succumb to this new Pistons team?

The Pistons vs. Hornets Pick: Over 228 Pts
The over is the play here. The Pistons finally have some momentum, which is good news for the team as a whole because the Hornets can’t stop anyone and the Pistons won’t be able to stop this team’s offense, which will be looking to get some frustration out and run up the score. Both teams rank in the top 10 in pace. This game will be fast with a lot of points. Take the over 228.

Same Game Parlay
Over 227.5 Pts, Miles Bridges First Basket, Saddiq Bey Over 20.5 Pts, LaMelo Ball to score 25+ Pts and Hornets to win by 1-10 Pts.

SGP Odds +17485

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