In this battle between two squads sitting on the lower playoff places of the East, the Brooklyn Nets (32-31), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (28-33), who have won only once in their last 6 games and have fallen out of the playoff picture.
Date/Time: 03-01-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Brooklyn Nets -3.5
Brooklyn Nets have a 32-31 record (35-28 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Wizards with a 116-125 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 20.6 ppg, adding a team high 6.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Spencer Dinwiddie with 17.2 ppg and 5 dimes per game but he is out with an injury.
Charlotte Hornets have a 28-33 record (29-32 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 8th place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Rockets with a 113-118 score. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25.2 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.1 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Nets lead the Hornets 2-1 wins, with the Nets having won the previous home game by 2 points in overtime. Nets have a 18-15 home record, while the Hornets are 8-21 on the road. Nets are better offensively, scoring 112 ppg to Hornets’ 111.1, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 111.6 ppg to Nets’ 112.5. Both teams have the same field goal percentage (45%), while Nets have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 34.9%). Nets are better in boards grabbed (46 to 44.5) and in dimes made (24 to 23.1), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12 to 14.5). Nets are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Charlotte Hornets vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction: Brooklyn Nets -3.5 (-109)
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