Two Eastern Conference teams hoping to make it to the playoffs this season are clashing, when the Charlotte Hornets (27-30), who are trending downwards having won only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the Washington Wizards (24-34), who are looking to end their current small losing streak.
Date/Time: 02-22-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Charlotte Hornets -5
Charlotte Hornets have a 27-30 record (28-29 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the East. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost on the road against the Magic with an 89-127 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 24.9 ppg, adding 4.4 boards and a team high 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.6 boards per game.
Washington Wizards have a 24-34 record (26-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 120-129 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 25.1 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and 5.4 dimes per game. He is followed by John Wall with 20.7 ppg and a team high 8.7 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Wizards won at home with a 130-126 score. Hornets have a 19-9 home record, while the Wizards are 7-23 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 113.9 ppg to Wizards’ 111.8, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 111.3 ppg to Wizards’ 116.9. Wizards have a better field goal percentage (47% to 44.9%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35% to 34.8%). Hornets are better both in boards grabbed (44.4 to 40.9) and in turnovers committed (11.9 to 13.7), while Wizards are better in dimes made (26.6 to 23.2). Hornets are the favorite in this one and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win.
Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -5 (-108)
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