The Washington Wizards (2-11) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (4-9) on Wednesday, November 22nd. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Spectrum Center and televised on BSSE. The Hornets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Celtics. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Wizards vs Hornets
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Wizards will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Bucks with a final score of 142-129. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Wizards couldn’t cover as +10 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 246.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Getting ready to face the Hornets, the Wizards hold an overall record of 2-11 and need a win to break their six game losing streak. Throughout their 13 games, the Wizards have posted a 1-10 record against Eastern Conference opponents, while going 1-1 in non-conference matchups.
Washington comes in with an overall ATS record of 5-8 so far this season. When playing on the road, the Wizards hold an ATS record of 4-3 in contrast to a 1-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Hornets Are Coming Off A Win
The Hornets won vs. the Celtics in their most recent game, ending with a score of 121-118. The Hornets turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 65-54.
The Hornets have a below .500 record of 4-9 as they seek to come out on top vs. the Wizards. During their 13 games, the Hornets have gone 4-7 against teams in the Eastern Conference and 0-2 in non-conference matchups.
Charlotte’s ATS record sits below .500 (5-7). On the road, the Hornets have an ATS record of 3-2, as opposed to a 2-5 record against the spread when playing at home.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Wizards are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 115.2 points per game (10th). Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. Washington appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are they a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
Charlotte has recorded an average of 113.7 points per game (13th) throughout 13 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Charlotte offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 14th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Wizards Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Wizards’ defense is giving up an average of 124.4 points per contest.
In their previous matchup vs. the Bucks, the Wizards’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 58% leading to 142 points.
Hornets Team Defense
The Hornets’ defense is presently ranked 26th in the league, allowing an average of 122.2 points per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the Hornets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.7% and allowing 38.2% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Wizards And Hornets
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kyle Kuzma will be the primary scorer for the Wizards, with 16 points and going 6/13 from the field. This season, he is averaging 23.4 points per game along with 5.7 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place LaMelo Ball as the leading scorer for the Hornets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 20 while also collecting 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.3 points per game.
Wizards vs Hornets Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Wizards offense has averaged 114 points per game while allowing an average of 123. Washington posted an overall record of 1-9 while going 5-5 ATS.
- Charlotte has a 1-2 record in their last three home games. In this stretch, they averaged 116 points per game while allowing 123. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- The last five games that Washington was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 0-5 straight up.
- Charlotte has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +4.5, the Wizards is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 242.5 and our model has the Wizards and Hornets finishing with a combined 215 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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