Hornets at Wizards - 12/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (14-10) at Washington Wizards (10-14)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, CSNB
The Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards square off Saturday at the Verizon Center.
The Charlotte Hornets look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 18.2 points and five assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 2.9 assists and Marvin Williams is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Charlotte Hornets have split their last eight road games. Nicolas Batum is questionable with an illness.
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The Washington Wizards need a big win after losing five of their last seven games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 101.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 46.9 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 19.6 points and 8.9 assists while Marcin Gortat is averaging 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds. Ramon Sessions is dishing 2.5 assists and Jared Dudley is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards are allowing 40.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.3 turnovers per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last six home games. Otto Porter is questionable with a thigh injury.
The Hornets are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wizards are 11-23-2 ATS in their last 36 vs. NBA Southeast and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
I don't like Washington with all of these injuries. Meanwhile, the Hornets continue to win and be that surprise team in the East. I'll side with Charlotte here.