The Philadelphia 76ers (27-13) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (9-30) on Saturday, January 20th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
76ers vs Hornets
The 76ers Are Coming Off A Win
The 76ers won vs. the Magic in their most recent game, ending with a score of 124-109. At the beginning of the second half, the 76ers were leading 68-60.
With an overall record of 27-13, the 76ers are looking to extend their four-game winning streak. In the Eastern Conference, they currently hold the 3rd spot and are 2nd in the Atlantic division.
Presently, Philadelphia boasts an ATS record of 28-12, which is above .500 against the spread. With a four game ATS win streak as favorites, the 76ers are 4-5 against the spread when they are underdogs.
The Hornets Are Coming Off A Win
LaMelo Ball scored 28 for Charlotte against the Spurs which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 56%. Brandon Miller also contributed 24 points as the Hornets won by a score of 124-120 vs. the Spurs.
The Hornets are 9-30 overall this season and will try to get a win against the 76ers. When it comes to playing against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are 7-18 and are 2-12 in non-conference games.
Charlotte comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-24 so far this season. This season, Charlotte has a 0-4 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 13-20 as underdogs.
76ers Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the 76ers are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 120 points per game (6th).
Heading into their matchup with the Hornets, the 76ers are one of the most potent offenses in the NBA, averaging 120 points per game (6th). Interestingly, they have actually scored more points on the road (119.4) than at home (120.5).
When it comes to pace, Philadelphia is ranked 16th in the league, averaging 98.8 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 12th at 47%.
So far, the Sixers have been a high-volume three-point shooting team, ranking 23rd in attempts. They are hitting 37% from beyond the arc, which is 11th in the league. In terms of two-point shooting, they are 21st at 53%.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
In 39 games games, Charlotte has an average of 108.8 points per game (28th).
When it comes to scoring, the Hornets have been below the NBA average in 61.5% of their games this season. Overall, they are 28th in scoring at 108.8 points per game. At home, they are averaging 109.4 points per game.
Charlotte’s offense is 27th in field goal percentage at 45% and they are 28th in true shooting percentage. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 18th in three-point percentage at 36%.
One area where the Hornets have struggled is getting to the free-throw line. They are last in the league in free throw attempts and makes per game. In terms of pace, they are 22nd in the NBA.
76ers Team Defense
So far, the 76ers’ defense is ranked 9th in the league at 111.8 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, 76ers are causing 11.6 turnovers per game, ranking 1st in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 5th in rejections, averaging 6.2 blocked shots each game.
Hornets Team Defense
On defense, the Hornets are ranked 25th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 61.5% of their games. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Hornets squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 56.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 40.1% from downtown.
Key Players For The 76ers And Hornets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Joel Embiid as the primary point contributor for the 76ers, finishing with 30 points while maintaining a 10/19 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 35.1 points per game, in addition to 11.4 rebounds.
As for Charlotte, LaMelo Ball is projected to be the primary scorer for the Hornets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 23, and adding 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.6% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.1 points per game.
76ers vs Hornets Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Philadelphia has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 118 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- Although Charlotte has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 0-3. The team averaged 99 points per game in these games.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 0-3.
- Through their last three games as the favorite, the 76ers have an ATS record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 3-0.
76ers vs Hornets Prediction
The 76ers is our selection to secure the victory, with a projected score of 118-100. We also like them to cover the spread, so we suggest betting on the 76ers at -10.5.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 230, and our model projects the 76ers and Hornets to reach a combined total of 218 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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