Philadelphia 76ers (10-7) at Charlotte Hornets (7-7)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 226 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.
The Philadelphia 76ers look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 112.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 112.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 27.6 points and 13.4 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 18.2 points and 3.5 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Jimmy Butler is grabbing four rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost four of their last six road games.
The Charlotte Hornets look for a strong home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 114.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 26.4 points and 6.3 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 12.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing 4.2 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won four of their last five home games.
The 76ers are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 vs. Eastern Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 19-42-1 ATS in their last 62 vs. NBA Atlantic. The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte, 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Those who have followed me over the years know I've never been big on the Charlotte Hornets, and I'm not this year either despite their surprising start. The Philadelphia 76ers have issues of their own and are still trying to figure out how to use Jimmy Butler, and they're on the end of a back to back. However, we're still getting the better team and free points. I rarely turn that down. Not sure why the 76ers are underdogs. Give me the 76ers and the free bucket.