In this all-Eastern showdown between two teams fighting for the 8th and final playoff place of the conference, the Charlotte Hornets (29-35), who are struggling having won only once in their last 6 games, are hosting the Washington Wizards (27-37), who on the other hand have lost once in their last 4 games.

Date/Time: 03-08-2019, 19:00 EDT

Spread: Charlotte Hornets -4.5

Total: +233.5

Charlotte Hornets have a 29-35 record (30-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Magic in the 9th place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Heat with an 84-91 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 25 ppg, adding 4.2 boards and a team high 5.8 dimes per game. He is followed by Jeremy Lamb with 15.2 ppg and 5.5 boards per game.

Washington Wizards have a 27-37 record (29-35 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Mavericks with a 132-123 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 25.8 ppg, adding 5.2 boards and 5.5 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 two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Hornets by 13 points and Wizards by 4). Hornets have a 20-14 home record, while the Wizards are 8-25 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 114.3 ppg to Wizards’ 110.8, while Hornets are better defensively, allowing 111.4 ppg to Wizards’ 117. Wizards have a better field goal percentage (47% to 45%), while Hornets have a better 3-point percentage (35.1% to 34.4%). Hornets are better both in boards grabbed (44.2 to 41.4) and in turnovers committed (12.2 to 13.8), while Wizards are better in dimes made (26.7 to 23.2). Hornets are the favorite at home even though they are struggling lately and Vegas odds give them a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.

Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -4.5 (-112)

 

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