In this all-Eastern showdown, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference are clashing, when the Charlotte Hornets (31-38), who have won only once in their last 4 games, are hosting the Philadelphia 76ers (45-25), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-19-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets +1
Charlotte Hornets have a 31-38 record (31-37-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 9th place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Heat with a 75-93 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25 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.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 45-25 record (33-37 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Bucks with a 130-125 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27.2 ppg, adding a team high 13.6 boards per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 19.3 ppg and 7.9 boards per game.
Sixers have won all three previous meetings against the Hornets this season, winning the previous road game by 3 points in overtime. Hornets have a 21-14 home record, while the Sixers are 17-16 on the road. Sixers are better offensively, scoring 115.1 ppg to Hornets 110.3, while both teams are almost equal defensively, allowing 111.7 and 111.5 ppg. Sixers have better percentages both in field goals (47.2% to 44.8%) and in 3-pointers (35.9% to 35.1%). They are also better in dimes made (27.1 to 23) and in boards grabbed (47.5 to 44.1), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 15.1). Sixers are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -1 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -1 (-111)
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