The Charlotte Hornets, midway through the month of December, are sitting on a 7-19 straight-up (SU) record. However, with more than half of the NBA season ahead, there’s still a chance that Charlotte turns things around and keeps itself relevant into the spring — albeit, a slim one.
With that in mind, there are a few Charlotte Hornets player props and futures for the 2023-24 season bettors might want to consider placing wagers on as North Carolina sportsbooks go live
Charlotte Hornets player props and futures will be a fun way for bettors in North Carolina to try their luck as the state prepares to launch sports betting. From backing Brandon Miller or Terry Rozier to taking the Hornets as longshots to win it all, there are a variety of ways to sprinkle a few bucks on the NBA squad from the Tar Heel state.
Charlotte Hornets NBA Championship Futures
Before the season tipped off, Charlotte’s odds to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy were +50000. Now that the squad is 7-19, those odds at FanDuel have lengthened to +100000 (Best Live Odds: ). A $10 bet on the Hornets at those odds would win you a total of $10,010 if the team turned the corner and walked away at the end of the season winning it all.
Why the lengthening odds?
Charlotte started the year with a 116-110 win over the Atlanta Hawks, immediately followed by a three-game losing streak. Presently, the team is on a six-game skid, and its +100000 odds to take the title are at the bottom of the board along with the likes of the 4-22 San Antonio Spurs and the 2-25 Detroit Pistons.
In all fairness, it’s more likely that a team like the Milwaukee Bucks () or reigning champion Denver Nuggets () win it all. So backing Charlotte in this spot would not be the best bet.
Terry Rozier Clutch Player of the Year Prop
Backing Terry Rozier, though, to win Clutch Player of the Year is better.
Rozier was drafted with the 16th overall pick in 2015 by the Boston Celtics. However, the shooting guard was traded in July 2019 in the offseason to Charlotte.
In 2023, Rozier is making his presence felt, especially since LaMelo Ball has been nursing an ankle injury (more on that later). Rozier has started in 16 games this season, averaging 23.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game.
At DraftKings, his odds to be named Clutch Player of the Year are +15000 (Best Live Odds: ). A $10 bet on those odds would win you $1,510 if Rozier were to win the award. If you expect No. 3 to continue on this pace as he helps shoulder the load in Charlotte, putting a few bucks on him to win this award now could be a good bet before his odds get shorter.
LaMelo Ball Clutch Player of the Year Prop
Let’s take a look at LaMelo.
At BetMGM, LaMelo Ball’s odds to be named Clutch Player of the Year are . At some sportsbooks, Melo is off the board in that market since he’s been missing from action.
On Nov. 26, 2020’s third-overall pick went down with a sprained ankle in his team’s 130-117 loss at Orlando. From a wrist injury to nagging ankle setbacks, the point guard’s very young career has been riddled with misfortune.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t budget a bit to place on his Clutch Player of the Year prop. As a matter of fact, at that price, this is the best time to do just that because once he’s back in the lineup and those odds shorten, you’ll be glad you got in at +20000.
Brandon Miller Rookie of the Year Prop
Admittedly, when it comes to the Rookie of the Year race, names like Chet Holmgren and Victor Wembanyama are the two players that most frequently come to mind. They are, after all, No. 1 and 2 on the oddsboard to win that award. At FanDuel, Holmgren’s odds are and Wemby’s are currently .
But there’s a Hornet whose sting might have some impact on this market.
Brandon Miller was drafted second overall out of Alabama in the 2023 NBA Draft. His odds to win Rookie of the Year are +20000 (Best Live Odds: ). While those are lengthy odds, he’s fifth on the board behind Holmgren, Wembanyama, Jaime Jaquez Jr. (), and Ausar Thompson ().
A $100 bet right now on Miller’s Rookie of the Year odds could help you cash in on $20,010 if Miller ends up snagging the hardware for being the new kid on the block. If $100 on Miller is too steep, $10 to win $2,010 could be worth it. And here’s why.
The NBA season is a slog with its back-to-back games and coast-to-coast trips. Injuries are unfortunate realities of such a long season. If Holmgren or Wemby were sidelined for any substantial amount of time, that would create a path forward for Miller to make his mark on the Rookie of the Year contest.
Hornets to Win the Southeast
While Charlotte to win it all is a bet most wouldn’t make, Hornets to win the Southeast Division could be worth a look.
With the Hornets in that division are the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Wizards. Of that bunch, only Orlando and Miami are above .500. So there could be a chance that another team from the field takes the Southeast.
From a betting perspective, the Heat at are the favorites, followed by the Magic at . Then sit the Hawks at , Hornets at , and Wizards at .
The name of the game is getting the best price, right? So $10 on Charlotte +50000 would be worth a total of $5,010 in winnings. If players like Miller, Rozier, and LaMelo Ball (when he returns) can right the ship moving forward, the Hornets to take the Southeast isn’t that bad of a bet.