Charlotte Hornets (30-40) at Philadelphia 76ers (38-30)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -8 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers meet Monday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Charlotte Hornets could use a feel good victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 107.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 47 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 16.4 points and 12.1 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last six road games.
The Philadelphia 76ers look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 108.1 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23.6 points and 11.1 rebounds while Ben Simmons is averaging 16.3 points and 7.7 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Dario Saric is grabbing seven rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
The Hornets are 16-38-1 ATS in their last 55 vs. NBA Atlantic, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The 76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
This is a lot of points to lay with a Philadelphia 76ers squad that continues to go through stretches where they play bad basketball. But the Charlotte Hornets aren't a good basketball team, as the losses are piling up, and they're allowing 49.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Philadelphia 76ers have also played their best ball by far at home this season and have covered 10 of their last 13 home games. There's better options on the board, but if forced to pick, the 76ers should cruise in this contest.