Charlotte Hornets (29-39) at Atlanta Hawks (20-48)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and the Atlanta Hawks duke it out at the Philips Arena on Thursday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a slump as they’ve lost six of their last seven games and they will be looking to bounce back after Tuesday’s 119-115 loss at New Orleans. Dwight Howard and Kemba Walker led the team with 22 points each, Frank Kaminsky added 21 points off the bench while Nicolas Batum chipped in with 20 points and eight assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 48 percent from the field and seven of 26 from the three-point line but they couldn’t contain the Pelicans who scored 78 points in the paint and 28 points on the fast break. With the loss, Charlotte dropped to 29-39 overall and 10-22 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have lost nine of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling to the Thunder in a 119-107 home loss on Tuesday. Taurean Prince led the team with 25 points, Dennis Schroder added 18 points with eight assists and John Collins chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds. As a team, the Hawks shot 42 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the three-point line as they poured in 38 points in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead going into halftime, but they fell to pieces in the second half where the Thunder outscored them by 65-41. With the loss, Atlanta dropped to 20-48 overall and 15-21 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-8 ATS in their last nine games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in the last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record, 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a loss and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Atlanta, the home team is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the Hornets are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings.
The Hawks have lost nine of their last 11 games and they’ve covered in just one of their last five home games. The Hornets haven’t been traveling too well as they’ve lost six of their last seven but they’ll be confident going into this one as they will be aiming for a sweep after beating the Hawks three times this season. The Hornets have covered in six of the last seven meetings and I think that trend continues as they win here comfortably.