The Charlotte Hornets (2-5) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (2-5) on Friday, November 10th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena in Capital One Arena and televised on MNMT. The Wizards are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hornets. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Hornets vs Wizards
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the Hornets’ most recent game against the Wizards, LaMelo Ball led the Hornets with 34 points while going 13/22 from the field. Gordon Hayward finished 2nd on the team with 18 points, but Charlotte ended the game with a 132-116 loss.
As they prepare to face off against the Wizards, the Hornets are 2-5 overall and are looking to snap a two game losing streak. In their seven games, the Hornets have gone 2-3 against Eastern Conference teams and 0-2 in non-conference action.
So far, Charlotte’s ATS record is below .500 at 3-4. This season, Charlotte has a 0-2 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 3-2 when playing as underdogs.
The Wizards Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Wizards took down the Hornets by a score of 132-116. The Wizards entered the game as the underdogs by +2.5, resulting in both a straight-up and ATS win. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 239.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
The Wizards head into today’s action with an overall record of 2-5 and have gone 1-2 over their previous three games. The team currently sits 13th in the Eastern Conference and 4th place in the Southeast division.
Washington is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 4-3. When playing on the road, the Wizards hold an ATS record of 3-2 in contrast to a 1-1 record against the spread when playing at home.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
The Hornets come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 116.3 points per game (9th). Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 8.7 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Charlotte is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 102.4 possessions per game.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
The Washington offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 5th ranked offense at 119.3 points per game. In terms of pace, the Wizards are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 105.1 possessions per game. The team has not only adopted an up-tempo pace but has also integrated this style with one of the NBA’s top field goal percentages, currently at 48%.
Hornets Team Defense
Currently, the Hornets’ defense holds the 28th rank in the NBA, allowing 123.1 points per game.
In the terms of takeaways, Hornets are causing 14.7 turnovers per game, ranking 20th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 11th in rejections, averaging 5.7 blocked shots each game.
Wizards Team Defense
Facing Charlotte, the Wizards aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 126.9 points allowed per game (30th).
Washington struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Hornets, giving up 13. For the game, Charlotte scored 116 points in the game.
Key Players For The Hornets And Wizards
Our game forecasts for today suggest that LaMelo Ball is set to be the main scorer for the Hornets, recording 16 points and shooting 6/13 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 19.6 points per game, in addition to 5 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kyle Kuzma as the leading scorer for the Wizards. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 13 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 50.7%, and his scoring average is 25 points per game.
Hornets vs Wizards Trends
- Charlotte has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 121 points per game while allowing 121. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
- In their last three home games, Washington has averaged 124 points per game while allowing 127. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 3-7 and an ATS mark of 5-5.
- As the betting favorite, the Wizards have an ATS record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
Hornets vs Wizards Prediction
Not only do we have the Wizards winning this one by a score of 107-103, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Wizards at -2.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 242 and our model has the Hornets and Wizards finishing with a combined 210 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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