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NBA expert Jonathan Macri is here with his prediction and picks for the Sunday night matchups between the Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors and the Rockets vs. Suns.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Golden State Warriors Prediction: Steph Curry Returns Home

When: Sunday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

Spread: Warriors -5

Total: 226.5

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Hornets vs. Warriors Prediction

Sometimes it really is this easy.

The best and hottest team in the NBA, coming off a day of rest, playing the most defensively challenged team in the NBA, on the court their MVP front-running superstar learned to shoot on. That’s the scenario on Sunday, as the 11-1 Golden State Warriors take on the 7-7 Charlotte Hornets. It’s not enough to simply call the Warriors the best team in the league because that belittles their level of dominance.

They have:

  • One loss, two fewer than anyone else
  • 1 wins, two more than anyone else
  • A positive 14.1 net rating, more than double the next best team
  • The best defense in basketball and the only defense allowing under 100 points per 100 possessions
  • The second-best offense in basketball, and one that is putting up a league-leading 116.5 points per 100 possessions in their last seven games, all wins

Over those last seven games, the Warriors are 6-0-1 against the spread, including a 22-point home win against today’s opponent. On the other hand, the Hornets are feisty and are coming off a nice win against the Knicks in which they limited New York to just 62 points over the final three quarters.

That number is more indicative of the Knicks’ current struggles on offense, though, and not anything special Charlotte was doing on the defensive end. Golden State is a different animal altogether, and they have not been held under 100 points this year.

This is also a great matchup. The Warriors have been better than any team in the NBA at limiting opponents’ looks around the rim, with opponents’ taking just under 27 percent of their shots in the restricted area – tops among all 30 squads, according to Cleaning the Glass. The Hornets thrive in the paint, taking the second-most shots around the rim, but they’ll be forced out of their comfort zone today.And then there is the Steph factor. His father Dell is Mr. Hornet, and as a result, Curry’s games here are more a homecoming than a tough road outing. He is the presumptive MVP and now faces a leaky perimeter defense that just gave up a season-high to the previously struggling Kemba Walker.Don’t overthink this one. Give the points on the road.

Hornets vs. Warriors Pick

Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

Where to Watch: NBA League Pass

Rockets vs. Suns Odds

Remember that 1-3 Suns start to the season? Yeah, neither does anyone else.

The early struggles of a team that probably needed an extra week to ease into the NBA season coming off a Finals run are nothing but a distant memory at this point. Since then, the Suns are a perfect 7-0 with the third-best net rating in the NBA at plus 10.5, trailing only the Warriors and Clippers in that time. They are doing it at both ends as well, with a top-10 offense and a top-three defense in that stretch.

Best of all, their scoring output is showing signs of taking a leap. They have put up between 119 and 123 points in four of their last five games, and they now face a Rockets squad that has lost 10 in a row.

Even through the struggles, Houston is showing fight, which is why they have a 5-6-1 record against the spread on the season. It’s also why this line is under double digits. It shouldn’t be. Phoenix knows the importance of the home court, and they are making that push right now.

There’s no reason last year’s number two seed can’t repeat that outcome this season. They’ll take another step in that direction with an easy win today.

Rockets vs. Suns Pick

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Dean of Knicks Film School, host: KFS Pod, co-host: Pick N Pod. There isn't much about Knicks basketball that Jonathan doesn't know and he's here to break down the big games each and every week.


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