Wizards vs. Hornets Prediction
Will the Charlotte Hornets pick up a needed win at home tonight when they play host to the Washington Wizards at 7PM ET?
513 Washington Wizards vs. 514 Charlotte Hornets
Friday, February 22, 2019
7PM ET – Spectrum Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Hornets are the favorite at home tonight, as they are getting odds of -5 points against the Wizards. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 230 points. The public betting for this game currently has 59 percent going on the Hornets at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
The Washington Wizards are coming off a 129-120 loss at Toronto, but they have covered the spread in three of their last four games. Washington is 24-34 on the season, 7-23 on the road, 26-32 against the spread and 36-22 with the over.
The Wizards are a respectable offense, averaging 113.9 points per game, but they have an awful defense. Washington is giving up 116.9 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 47.7 percent. They have the league’s worst 3-point shooting defense as well, with opponents hitting 37.6 percent of their attempts. Bradley Beal is leading the team with 25.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest. Bobby Portis is adding 19 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Charlotte is coming off a 127-89 loss at Orlando for its fourth loss in five games entering the break. The Hornets have failed to cover in the four losses as well. Charlotte is 27-30 on the season, 19-9 at home, 28-29 against the spread and 30-26-1 with the over.
The Hornets are putting up 110.8 points per game on offense this season while shooting just 44.9 percent. Defensively, Charlotte is giving up 111.3 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.8 percent. Kemba Walker is leading the team with 24.9 points and 5.6 assists per game while Jeremy Lamb is adding 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Wizards are just 10-31 against the spread in their last 41 road games and 4-22 ATS in their last 26 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Hornets are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games, but just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games when playing on three or more days of rest.
This is a must-win for the Hornets. They are only 1 game up on being in the Eastern Conference playoff picture and can’t afford to keep slipping. Tonight they face a Washington team that has been awful on the road and can’t play any defense. That should allow Walker to have a big game and carry the Hornets to the victory and the cover.
NBA Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -5