October 28, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates making a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The Hornets face the Warriors in the Bay Area on Wednesday, November 3rd
Golden State is a 6-point home favorite against LaMelo Ball and co.
Read on for the odds, preview, and best bet
Following a tough loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Charlotte Hornets will be looking to bounce back against the red-hot Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, November 3rd at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Tip-off is set for 10 PM EST.
Charlotte is 5-3 on the season and has beat the likes of Brooklyn and Portland in the process. The Dubs meanwhile are 5-1 and are looking very solid early on, most recently taking down the OKC Thunder on Saturday night on home court.
In 2020-21, these two teams each won a game apiece.
Hornets vs Warriors Odds
Ov 226.5 (-110)
Golden State Warriors
Un 226.5 (-112)
Odds as of November 2nd at Fanduel.
LaMelo, Bridges Taking Big Steps
The Hornets showed a ton of promise last season as they clinched a spot in the Play-in. Although James Borrego’s squad lost to the Indiana Pacers, the future is looking very bright. After winning Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball has taken a significant step already through the first handful of games.
The versatile guard is averaging 20.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 6.1 assists on 44% shooting from downtown. Miles Bridges is also showing out, actually leading the team in scoring with 23.1 points, 7.9 boards, and 3.9 dimes per night.
Monday wasn’t a great performance from the Hornets, however, losing 113-110 to the Cavs. Ball was a clear bright spot offensively though, erupting for 30 points while going 5 for 8 from three-point land. Charlotte was playing catch up for most of the contest, trailing by as many as 19 at one point. It was a relatively even affair in most areas, but an all-around effort from Cleveland’s starting five proved to be the difference-maker.
LaMelo: 30 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
Terry: 23 PTS, 6 REB
PJ: 18 PTS, 2 BLK
Miles: 13 PTS, 9 REB, 8 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK
Cody: 10 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST#AllFly pic.twitter.com/b1M0EUsbVS
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 2, 2021
The Hornets showed serious fight in the final period after a sloppy first half. They cut a 17-point deficit in the fourth to only two points in the dying minute, but Charlotte fell just short after Darius Garland drained two big free throws. Terry Rozier’s 23 points help ignite them to a comeback, while LaMelo drained a clutch three with a minute left. Eight turnovers in the opening quarter put the Hornets in a hole early and it was ultimately too deep to climb out of.
Warriors Looking Terrific
The hype around Golden State is real so far and that’s without Klay Thompson back in the fold. Steph Curry has the Warriors off to a tremendous start, posting averages of 28.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists while shooting 40% from deep. Their only loss came against the Grizzlies last Thursday. Aside from that, Steve Kerr’s group has collected victories over the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Thunder on two occasions.
Golden State was utterly dominant against a young OKC squad on Saturday, winning by 21. Curry only had 20 points, but it was a valiant effort from the entire first unit, with four of them finishing in double-digits in scoring. The Dubs’ impressive long-range shooting continued, converting 41% of their attempts.
In fact, they’re currently fifth in the Association with a 38% clip from downtown. The Warriors also dominated on the glass, out-rebounding the Thunder 56-45. That’s been a common occurrence for this squad, ranking fifth in boards per contest.
Aside from James Wiseman and Klay Thompson, Kerr’s team is finally at full strength. Jonathan Kuminga made his NBA debut on Saturday and will likely be a key piece moving forward off the bench. The plethora of scorers that have stepped up is extremely promising as well.
Steph hit the ground running in October 💫
▪️ 28.7 points per game
▪️ 7.5 rebounds per game
▪️ 6.5 assists per game
▪️ 1.5 steals per game pic.twitter.com/EZIRSlNZg3
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 2, 2021
It’s no secret that Steph had to carry the load last season en route to leading the league in points. So far, he’s been getting a lot of help, with Jordan Poole averaging 14 points per game, while Andrew Wiggins and Damion Lee are also putting up respectable numbers. Wiseman is nearing a return and Klay should be back in the new year. Needless to say, the Warriors are certainly going to be a legitimate contender.
Hornets vs Warriors Prediction
Charlotte has trailed by at least 10 points in every contest except one this season. They typically take time to get going, but that won’t work on Wednesday. The Warriors have the fourth-best defensive rating in the NBA and take pride in limiting their opponents.
However, the Hornets are 3-1 ATS on the road. While I do think it’s going to end in Golden State’s favor, LaMelo Ball and co. will make it close. Follow the trend.
Pick: Charlotte Hornets ATS +6 (-110)