Two teams sitting within the playoff places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Charlotte Hornets (29-33), who ended a losing streak and want to continue on the winning ways, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (38-24), who on the other hand saw a winning streak end and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 03-03-2019, 13:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets +2.5
Charlotte Hornets have a 29-33 record (30-32 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 8th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Nets with a 123-112 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.2 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 38-24 record (36-26 against the spread) so far this season and re currently tied with the Thunder in the third place of the West. In their last game they saw a five-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Raptors with a 117-119 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.9 ppg, adding 4.7 boards and a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.2 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Blazers won at home with a 127-96 score. Hornets have a 20-12 home record, while the Blazers are 14-16 on the road. Hornets are better offensively, scoring 113.5 ppg to Blazers’ 111.3, while Blazers are better defensively, allowing 110 ppg to Hornets’ 111.6 ppg. Blazers have better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 45.1%) and in 3-pointers (36.1% to 34.9%). Hornets on the other hand are better both in dimes made (23.2 to 22.8) and in turnovers committed (12.1 to 13.5), while Blazers are better in boards grabbed (47.7 to 44.4). Blazers are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Portland Trail Blazers -2.5 (-110)
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