Two teams with almost identical records sitting right outside the top-8 of their respective conference are clashing today, when the Charlotte Hornets (31-39), are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (32-39), with both teams having lost their last two and four games respectively and are looking to end those losing streaks today.
Date/Time: 03-21-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets -3.5
Charlotte Hornets have a 31-39 record (31-38-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 9th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Sixers with a 114-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.3 boards and a team high 5.7 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.4 ppg and 5.7 boards per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 32-39 record (34-37 against the spread) so far this season are currently sit in the 10th place of the West. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Warriors with a 107-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 24.6 ppg, adding a team high 12.3 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18 ppg and 4.3 dimes per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Timberwolves won at home with a 121-104 score. Hornets have a 21-15 home record, while the Wolves are 9-28 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 112.5 ppg to Hornets’ 110.4 ppg, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 111.6 ppg to Wolves’ 113.6. Wolves have a better field goal percentage (45.5% to 44.7%), while Hornets have a better 3-point percentage (35% to 34.7%). Wolves are better both in boards grabbed (45.2 to 44.1) and in dimes made (24.5 to 22.9), while Hornets are better in turnovers committed (12.1 to 12.6). Hornets are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against a weak on the road and without incentive Wolves team.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -3.5 (-106)
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