The Charlotte Hornets are off to a strong start at home this season, and they will host the Houston Rockets on Monday evening. Charlotte is 8-4 at home and 17-17 overall, with Houston entering at 10-23 overall and just 3-16 on the road. Miles Bridges (protocols), P.J. Washington (protocols), and Cody Martin (protocols) are out for Charlotte. D.J. Augustin (protocols) and Garrison Mathews (protocols) are out for Houston, with Jalen Green (hamstring) and Kevin Porter Jr. (thigh) listed as questionable. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Charlotte. The Hornets are listed as seven-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 234 in the latest Rockets vs. Hornets odds. Before you make any Hornets vs. Rockets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model. The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns. Now, the model has set its sights on Rockets vs. Hornets and locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Hornets vs. Rockets: Rockets vs. Hornets spread: Hornets -7Rockets vs. Hornets over-under: 234 pointsRockets vs. Hornets money line: Hornets -280, Rockets +230HOU: The Rockets are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games CHA: The Hornets are 10-2 against the spread in home games Featured Game | Charlotte Hornets vs. Houston Rockets Moneyline Spread Total CHA -320 BET NOW -8 -110 BET NOW o233 -110 BET NOW HOU +250 BET NOW +8 -110 BET NOW u233 -110 BET NOW Why the Rockets can coverHouston has notable strengths and should also benefit from Charlotte’s defensive struggles. The Rockets are No. 1 in the NBA in free throw attempts, averaging 24.5 per game, and Houston is in the top 10 of the NBA in two-point accuracy (53.8 percent) and 3-pointers (12.9 per game). Charlotte’s defense is porous this season, allowing more than 1.14 points per possession, and the Hornets are No. 28 in the NBA in field goal percentage defense. In addition, the Hornets are dead-last in the NBA in two-point shooting allowed and assists allowed (26.2 per game). On defense, the Rockets are strong in rim protection, blocking 5.0 shots per game. Opponents are also shooting only 34.2 percent from 3-point range against Houston, and the Rockets are allowing only 23.6 assists per game.Why the Hornets can coverCharlotte’s offense is in a serious groove to begin the 2021-22 season. The Hornets are scoring 112.7 points per 100 possessions, No. 2 in the NBA, and Charlotte is winning on the margins. The Hornets are producing 26.6 assists per game, No. 3 in the NBA, and Charlotte is in the top three of the league in turnover rate (12.6 percent) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.08). Charlotte is also a threat from 3-point range, ranking No. 2 in the NBA at 37.7 percent. Defensively, the Hornets have proven to be opportunistic, creating 8.6 steals and 5.4 blocked shots per game, and Charlotte is producing 15.1 turnovers per game on defense. Against a Rockets team that is soundly below-average in both offensive and defensive rating, the Hornets project to be in a favorable overall position in this matchup.How to make Hornets vs. Rockets picksSportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 226 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in nearly 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Rockets vs. Hornets picks at SportsLine.So who wins Rockets vs. Hornets? And which side of the spread hits almost 70 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.