Hornets vs. Rockets Odds & Picks (January 18th): Rockets Cover at Home

Betsperts analyst Jennifer Eakins gives her best bets for the matchup between the Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023.

The Charlotte Hornets head to Texas to face the Houston Rockets for the first time this NBA season. Tip-off is set for 8:00 PM ET at Toyota Center between two young, struggling teams. Charlotte has had a rough start to 2023 with a record of 1-7 and is entering this contest on a five-game skid. The Rockets haven’t won since December 26th and have lost 11 straight. While not the sexiest matchup, let’s dive in and see where the numbers take us.

Hornets vs. Rockets Betting Odds

Hornets Rockets
Spread -2 +2
Moneyline -130 +110
Over/Under 237

*Lines accurate at time of publication

Hornets vs. Rockets Best Bets

Rockets +2 (-110 DraftKings)

Houston has actually outscored the Hornets in their last three contests, putting up 115.3 per game to Charlotte’s 112.7. The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last four tilts and have lost their last four games by an average of 12.5 points. While it may feel gross to back the Rockets, taking an awful Charlotte team on the road isn’t ideal. Give me the Rockets and the points, with a little sprinkle on the moneyline.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

Download the Betsperts App to get even more expert NBA picks, track your bets, and the latest game stats & information on each matchup.

Game Total Over 237 (-110 DraftKings)

The under seems like the logical play at first here with two struggling teams, but when digging deeper this game should go over. The Rockets have allowed a league-high 133.3 points per contest in their last three games with Charlotte just a few sports behind, yielding 125.3 points per tilt. These two teams rank at the bottom in nearly every defensive category, sitting 22nd (Houston) and 26th (Charlotte) in opponent shooting percentage, and 28th and 29th, respectively in defending the three-pointer.

This should be a game with plenty of scoring and limited defense.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

Don’t forget to download the Betsperts App, sign up for a 4for4 betting subscription, and get the latest betting picks, props and odds.