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NOLA Sports Betting: Take Hornets Over Thunder

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  David West #30 and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets celebrate during the game against the Houston Rockets at the New Orleans Arena on January 2, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Hornets defeated the rockets 99-95.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Joe GerrityCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2010

In the first of an ongoing series involving New Orleans betting, I am going to start with $1,000 dollars cash and make bets only on Louisiana teams. I'll keep continual track of my progress at the conclusion of each article.

Over the years I've had pretty consistent success, so if you enjoy betting, it's worth a look.

Tonight the Hornets play the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma.

The Thunder have been surprisingly good this year, posting a record of 19-15 so far overall, but only winning 9 of 16 at home. They have been playing well all year.

The Hornets on the other hand started out the season horribly.

It's only recently that they seem to be coming together well, both at home and on the road. They have won 6 of 9, and Monday's win in Utah broke a long losing streak that dated back years.

Let's look at the numbers.

New Orleans is getting 4.5 points and +180 on the money line.

Both of these bets are great, but I like the +180 more for a few reasons.

First off, the Thunder have never beaten the Hornets.

Secondly there are match up problems all over the place for OKC. Also, the Hornets rarely lose close games, so a few points isn't likely to matter. 

When they lose, they lose big.

West and Okafor should create huge problems given the Thunder's lack of big men. It's also pretty well known that Westbrook isn't a great defender.

Expect Paul to have a bounce back game after his poor performance in Utah.

This Hornets team is finally coming into its' own, and with West playing like his old self, there is no reason to think that the Hornets won't beat the Thunder.

Total cash going into game: $1,000

My bets: $100 on the Hornets money line

Potential win: $180

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