(NBA) Charlotte vs. Oklahoma City, 04/07/2021 8:00 PM, Score: 113 - 102
Point Spread: -5.00 | -110.00 Charlotte (Away)
Result: Win
10* Charlotte (8:05 ET): I can’t say that I’m all that excited about the Hornets’ long-term prospects as they are dealing with multiple key injuries right now. Their YTD point differential and net efficiency rating (both negative) indicate that they’ve been a pretty clear overachiever to this point. But they are 5th in the Eastern Conference and you’ve got to give them credit for that. Tonight they are at Oklahoma City to face a Thunder team in even worse shape right now. I’ll lay the points!

The Thunder have lost three in a row and it has been ugly. The three losses have all been by 24 points or more and they’re playing no defense with 132 or more points allowed in every game. They lost by 37 at Phoenix and 44 at Portland before losing by 24 at home to Detroit (who has the worst record in the Eastern Conference) on Monday. I had the Over in that game vs. the Pistons and OKC allowed Detroit to score a season-high 132 points. Like Charlotte, OKC is dealing with multiple absences from the rotation right now.

Charlotte’s scoring average has come way down the L5 games as they are without LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Malik Monk. But the Thunder’s woeful defense should allow for some significant improvement at the offensive end tonight. Meanwhile, I just don’t see much in the way of improvement coming for OKC as they’ve not only dropped three straight, but six of seven and 8 of 11. The Hornets are 4-0 ATS L4 as road favorites and 20-5-1 ATS L26 road games against teams with a losing home record. OKC is 9-16 SU at home. 10* Charlotte