The Charlotte Hornets (7-20) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers (17-12) on Tuesday, December 26th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena. Both the Hornets and Clippers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:30 ET.
Hornets vs Clippers
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hornets will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Nuggets with a final score of 102-95. In the face of their straight-up loss, the Hornets did coverthe spread as +11 point underdogs. As for the over/under, the combined score of 197 points didn’t reach the over/under line of 224.5.
The Hornets have an overall record of 7-20 and are 1-9 in their last ten games. In road games, they are 3-9 compared to 4-11 at home this season.
So far, Charlotte’s ATS record is below .500 at 10-16. In their last three games as favorites, the Hornets have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 10-13 against the spread when they are underdogs.
The Clippers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Clippers is coming off a loss to the Celtics in their latest game, ending with a score of 145-108. Despite being behind at halftime 68-51, the Clippers picked up the win.
In their upcoming matchup with the Hornets, the Clippers are 17-12 on the season and are hoping to end a two game skid. When looking at their 29 games, the Clippers are 14-9 against Western Conference opponents and have gone 3-3 in non-conference games.
So far, Los Angeles is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 14-15. Currently, the Clippers have a five game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 1-6 against the spread as underdogs.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
In 27 games games, Charlotte has an average of 110.4 points per game (26th). So far, the Hornets are averaging 98.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 17th in fields goals made per contest.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Clippers’ offense is rated 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 116.7 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. If Los Angeles continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 25th in the league in possessions per game.
Hornets Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 120.9 points per game (25).
Most recently, the Hornets’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 102 points to the Nuggets.
Clippers Team Defense
At present, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 12, allowing 112.7 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Clippers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 53.0% and 35.5% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Hornets And Clippers
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Terry Rozier is set to be the main scorer for the Hornets, recording 14 points and shooting 6/13 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 23.2 points per game, in addition to 3.7 rebounds.
As for Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard is projected to be the primary scorer for the Clippers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 19, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 52.1%, and he is contributing 24.4 points per game on average.
Hornets vs Clippers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Charlotte has an ATS record of 1-4 while averaging 109 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- Across their last five home contests, Los Angeles has been good against the spread posting a mark of 3-2. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 123 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Hornets have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Charlotte posted a straight up mark of 1-9 in these matchups.
- Los Angeles has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games.
For a point-spread bet in this Clippers vs. Clippers matchup, we’re leaning towards the Hornets at +10.5. Although our projections show the Clippers winning 112-104, we suggest placing your bet on the Hornets for the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228.5 and given that our model is projecting 216 points between the teams, we like the under.
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