Wednesday night is making for a full NBA slate for us to cover, and there are a number of feature games headed our way this evening.
Two teams that have been on the rise this season will be squaring off when the Charlotte Hornets go on the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While the Thunder have been on the rise, they are not in any position currently to make the postseason, but the Hornets can.
The Hornets have an interesting wrinkle to their season without their rookie star LaMelo Ball for the rest of the season, and now Gordon Hayward is missing extended time with a foot injury.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will continue to be sidelined for the Thunder in this game, and they certainly miss his presence on the floor.
We will break down this game tonight and help you determine where to put your best bets.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Preview: A world without your stars
It is certainly going to be an increased role for Terry Rozier and DeVonte Graham moving forward.
They were already sucking up a majority of the guard work with LaMelo Ball out for the rest of the season, but now they also are handling the playmaking.
The Ball injury hadn’t affected their roster too much, as they were 5-2 in his absence. Hayward is a bigger blow to the way they run their offense.
Rozier has been having a breakout year and was almost expected to make his first all-star appearance this season as a fill-in.
On the other hand, Graham is having a little bit more of a sophomore slump than people realized was going to be the case. He has a chance to take a big step up and prove doubters wrong.
Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview: A time set to develop
The Thunder have been the victim of stars asking out of their team multiple times in the last five or six seasons.
They have managed to keep together a competitive roster for much of this season, but now the injury bug is catching up to their squad.
Gilgeous-Alexander is the leader of this young team, and his absence is felt greatly, especially in closing minutes.
It is going to be tough for them to remain competitive without him and without some of the other players who have been developing all season.
They have a chance to prove something against the Hornets Wednesday night.
Hornets vs. Thunder Betting Odds & Lines
Coming into this Wednesday night game, the people over at MyBookie have the Charlotte Hornets favored over the Oklahoma City Thunder by 5.5 points.
With how many injuries both of these teams have on their roster, the spread for this game was bound to be unpredictable but settled in the Hornets' favor.
Free Betting Pick
I have liked Charlotte all season, and I think even without Ball and Hayward, they are going to be tough to play.
Quality guard play is one of the most important aspects of an NBA, and the Hornets have two of them.