Two Eastern Conference teams sitting among the playoff places with almost identical records are clashing today, when the Charlotte Hornets (28-30), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Brooklyn Nets (30-30), who on the other hand have won only once in their last 4 games.
Date/Time: 02-23-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets -2
Charlotte Hornets have a 28-30 record (29-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Wizards with a 123-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25 ppg, adding 4.4 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.
Brooklyn Nets have a 30-30 record (33-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 6th place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Blazers with a 99-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 20.2 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.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Hornets by 13 points and Nets by two in overtime). Hornets have a 20-9 home record, while the Nets are 13-16 on the road. Nets are better offensively, scoring 112.1 ppg to Hornets’ 111, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 111.3 ppg to Nets’ 112.7. Both teams have the same field goal percentage (45%), while Nets have a better 3-point percentage (35.6% to 35.1%). Nets are better in boards grabbed (46.1 to 44.6) and in dimes made (24 to 23.3), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (11.9 to 14.5). Hornets are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -2 (-106)
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