Where Do Hornets Rank Among NBA Teams in October?

Where Do Hornets Rank Among NBA Teams in October?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

NBA teams this season play only three or four games that count in October, but it’s usually an advantage to get off to a good start. To see which teams have been a treat before Halloween and which teams have been scary, BetCarolina.com – your source for North Carolina sports betting - looked at October NBA records since the 2017-2018 season.

BetCarolina.com utilized ChampsorChumps.us to find the October records. (Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage.) No games were played in October during the 2020-21 NBA season. Here are the results:

NBA Team Records in October Since 2017-18

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RankTeamRecordWin Pct.t
1 Milwaukee Bucks 22-9.710
T-2 Toronto Raptors 23-10.697
T-2 Utah Jazz 23-10.697
4 Golden State Warriors 22-12.647
5 Portland Trail Blazers 20-11.645
T-6 Boston Celtics 19-11.633
T-6 San Antonio Spurs 19-11.633
8 Denver Nuggets 20-12.625
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 18-13.581
10 Philadelphia 76ers 19-14.576
11 Memphis Grizzlies 17-13.567
12 Charlotte Hornets 18-16.529
T-13 Los Angeles Clippers 16-15.516
T-13 Miami Heat 16-15.516
15 Phoenix Suns 14-16.467
T-16 Cleveland Cavaliers 14-17.452
T-16 New York Knicks 14-17.452
18 Los Angeles Lakers 14-18.438
19 Washington Wizards 13-17.433
T-20 Detroit Pistons 14-20.412
T-20 Indiana Pacers 14-20.412
T-22 Dallas Mavericks 13-19.406
T-22 New Orleans Pelicans 13-19.406
24 Chicago Bulls 12-19.387
25 Brooklyn Nets 13-21.382
26 Atlanta Hawks 12-20.375
27 Oklahoma City Thunder 11-19.367
T-28 Houston Rockets 11-21.344
T-28 Orlando Magic 11-21.344
T-28 Sacramento Kings 11-21.344

Bucks No. 1 in October, Hornets Place 12th

The best NBA team is the Milwaukee Bucks, who’ve won 71% of their October games, followed by a tie between the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, who’ve won nearly 70%. They’re followed by the Golden State Warriors at 65%. So – news flash – being good in October typically means that you have a good team.

It also can mean nothing: The Charlotte Hornets finished at No. 12 on our list of 30 teams, and the Hornets haven’t made the playoffs since 2016. 

During the past six Octobers, the Hornets have finished 18-16, for a 53% winning percentage. Considering the Hornets are 201-264 overall over that same time period for a 43% winning percentage, they should probably try to play all their games in October.

In 2017-18, Charlotte went 4-3 in October, before finishing 36-46. In 2018-19, they went 4-4 before ending 39-43. In 2019-20, it was 2-3, before finishing 23-42 in the COVID-shortened season. In 2020-21, the regular season didn’t start until December, so they couldn’t pad their record in October. In 2021-22, it was an impressive 5-2 in October before finishing 43-39. Last season, the Hornets went 3-4 in October, which is pretty good considering they went 3-11 in November and finished a dismal 27-55, as LaMelo Ball missed more than half the season and virtually every other Hornet missed significant time. Ball, who signed a big contract extension in the off-season while he was recovering from ankle surgery, is reportedly healthy and should be ready to go.

In addition to their playmaker returning, the Hornets enter the ‘23-24 season with two first-round draft picks – No. 2 pick Brandon Miller out of Alabama and No. 27, Nick Smith Jr., out of Arkansas. They also will have a new ownership group, led by Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin, who made Michael Jordan even wealthier this past June when they purchased majority ownership in the team. Steve Clifford returns as head coach. BetCarolina.com is about much more than the pros, of course. For instance, check out our page for Duke and. North Carolina football and basketball odds.

Back to the Hornets, who have a favorable October schedule, as they play all three games at home – the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 25, the Detroit Pistons Oct. 27 and Brooklyn Nets Oct. 30. Two of three wins seems doable, although oddsmakers are not confident the Hornets will have the right kind of buzz this season. The FanDuel app isn’t up and running in the state yet, but nationally you can get the Hornets at a whopping +50000 to win the NBA title. When mobile betting does arrive in 2024, you will want to have a FanDuel North Carolina promo code handy before placing a bet.



Howard Gensler
Journalists / Reporter

Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the North Carolina sports betting market for BetCarolina.com. Before his focus on US sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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