In this all-Eastern showdown, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff spots of the conference are clashing, when the playoff bound Philadelphia 76ers (38-30), are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (30-40), who have very little hopes of making the postseason now. Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-19-2018, 18:00 EDT
Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -8
Sixers have a 38-30 record (36-30-2 against the spread) so far this season. Philadelphia comes into tonight’s game as the 6th place team in the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 120-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23.6 ppg. The former Kansas Jayhawk one-and-done adds a team high 11.1 rebounds per game. He is followed by JJ Redick with 16.7 ppg. Young back court contributor Ben Simmons adds 16.3 ppg, 7.8 rebounds and a team high 7.7 assists per game.
Hornets have a 30-40 record (29-37-4 against the spread) so far this season. Charlotte is currently in 10th place of the East. They are 2-7 in their last 9 and in their last game they lost on the road against the Knicks with a 101-124 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.6 ppg. The All Star adds a team high 5.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 16.4 ppg and a team high 12.1 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 13.1 ppg.
Sixers have won both previous meetings against the Hornets earlier this season (at home by 11 points and on the road by 14). The Sixers are 21-10 at home so far this season, while Hornets are 11-23 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 108.1 ppg to Hornets’ 107.2 and defensively, allowing 105.8 ppg to Hornets’ 107.9. Philadelphia has a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.73% to Hornets’ 44.7%, while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.7% and 36.64%. The Sixers lead the league in rebounding, grabbing 46.6 to Hornets’ 45 and are third-best in assists made, with 26 to Hornets’ 21.4. Hornets have no incentive in the season and Sixers are desperate for a win that will give them a better placement. Vegas odds give Sixers a -8 spread which they are expected for the easy home victory today.
Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -8 (-108)
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