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Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards - 2/22/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Spectrum Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 230
TV Channel
FSCR, NSWA
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The Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Washington Wizards could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 113.9 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 116.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 25.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while Bobby Portis is averaging 19 points and 7.3 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is dishing two assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.9 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost five of their last six road games.

The Charlotte Hornets could also use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 110.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 24.9 points and 5.6 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Marvin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Monk is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won nine of their last 11 home games.

The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast and 10-31 ATS in their last 41 road games. The Hornets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games, 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Hornets last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 7-0 in Wizards last 7 overall.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Wizards and Hornets and has covered six of the last seven. The Wizards finished the first half of the season losing seven of their last 10 games, and they didn't play a lick of defense, which includes allowing almost 126 points on 49.5 percent shooting in their last five games. The Charlotte Hornets have had consistency issues and they're a team I like to fade often, but they're winning at home by an average of 5.7 points and have racked up a solid 16-12 ATS record at home while covering seven of their last 10 home games. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the Hornets. 

Pick:
Charlotte Hornets -4.5

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