Two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the East are clashing today, when the Atlanta Hawks (18-36), who saw a small winning streak end and are looking to bounce back, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (26-28), who want to end their current small losing streak.
Date/Time: 02-09-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks +2.5
Atlanta Hawks have a 18-36 record (24-30 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Raptors with a 101-119 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.4 ppg, adding a team high 10 boards per game. He is followed by Trae Young with 16.8 ppg and a team high 7.4 dimes per game.
Charlotte Hornets have a 26-28 record (27-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Mavericks with a 93-99 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.8 ppg, adding 4.4 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 14.9 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.
It their three previous meetings earlier this season the Hornets lead the Hawks 2-1 wins with each team having won at home. Hawks have an 8-14 home record, while the Hornets are 7-19 on the road. Hornets are better both offensively, scoring 111.2 ppg to Hawks’ 110.7 and defensively, allowing 111.2 ppg to Hawks’ 118.2 ppg. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (45.3% to 45.1%), while Hawks have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 34.4%). Hawks are better both in boards grabbed (45.4 to 44.4) and in dimes made (25.5 to 23.3), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 18). Hornets are the favorite in this game and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -2.5 (-111)
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