Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (6-19) at Philadelphia 76ers (2-22)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +4 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNP, SPSO
The Philadelphia 76ers host the Charlotte Hornets in a battle of two of the worst teams in the Eastern conference.
The Charlotte Hornets were expected to contend for a seven or eight seed this season and thus far the season has been a disaster instead. The Hornets are 6-19 on the year and with a 1-10 road record there’s no guarantee of them taking care of business against a team like the Sixers. Making matters worse perhaps is a recent schedule that has seen the team alternate home and road games over the last four outings while also facing strong competition. The Hornets struggle to score with just 94.7 points per game to rank 24th and the defense that was once somewhat of a calling card is also faltering allowing 101.8 points per game to rank 22nd. Center Al Jefferson leads the team with 19.2 points and eight rebounds but you have to wonder if the team is losing rhythm early in games when the offense centers on feeding the big man so heavily. Kemba Walker averages 15.8 points, 5.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, but his shooting hasn’t been great at 38.2%. The addition of Lance Stephenson hasn’t yielded the results the Hornets had hoped and to make matters worse the 4th year guard out of Cincinnati is expected to miss this game with a groin injury. Look for Gerald Henderson to see an increased workload here as a result.
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The Philadelphia 76ers are on a four game losing streak entering this contest after picking up their first two wins of the season in the month of December. The 76ers are 2-22 on the year with an 0-13 mark at home that they will desperately be trying to break. As bad as the Sixers have been they have to like this spot to snap their home skid after they hung with the Grizzlies last Saturday only to fall in OT. The Sixers rank last in the league in scoring with 91.3 points per game and the defense ranks 25th while conceding 103.7 points per game. Tony Wroten leads the team with 16.5 points per game but the guard is easing his way back from injury at present. Michael Carter-Williams 15.5 points, 7.7 assists and 7.3 rebounds per game, but the second year point guard is also struggling with turnovers with 6.4 per game over the last five games. Second year SF Robert Covington has emerged as the third leading scorer with 11.3 points per game and Nerlens Noel leads the team in rebounding from the forward position with 6.5 per game in an erratic rookie campaign. The 76ers will open up a seven game road trip on Sunday following Friday’s game.
The Hornets can’t seem to do anything right but it’s hard to pass up an opportunity to go against the Sixers at just two baskets given that we’re used to seeing double digits so often regardless of the venue.