Wizards vs. Hornets Pick
Can the Washington Wizards go on the road and pick up a win over the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 7PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Hornets are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Wizards. The over/under total for the game is listed at 214.5 points. Washington has won both meetings this season with the Hornets and the Wizards have covered the spread in the last five in this series.
Washington snapped a two-game losing streak last night with a 112-107 win over the Bulls at home. The Wizards are now 42-26 on the season and 3.5 games out of first in the East. They have failed to cover in their last three games to fall to 36-31-1 against the spread on the season. Washington is averaging 109.1 points per game on offense this season while giving up 106.9 on defense. Away from home, they are allowing 108.6 points per game. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.2 points per game to lead the team while John Wall is putting up 23 points and 10.9 assists per contest.
The Hornets have lost three straight coming into tonight, including an abysmal 98-77 loss at Indiana on Wednesday night. Charlotte is 29-39 on the season and 4.5 games out of the playoff race in the East. They also have failed to cover in their last three games and sit at 28-37-3 against the spread for the season. The team averages 104.9 points per game on offense this season while allowing 104.4 on defense. However, at home, the team puts up 106 points per game and allows just 102.2. Kemba Walker is leading the team with 22.9 points and 5.5 assists per game while Nicolas Batum adds 15.4 points and 5.9 assists per contest. Batum won’t be available today because of severe migraines.
I know the Wizards played last night, but I still am willing to take my chances on them tonight against a Charlotte team that is struggling and likely out of the playoff race. The Hornets will be without one of their top scorers again and it hurt them badly against the Pacers. Now they face a Washington team that can easily put up 110 points.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON WIZARDS +1.5