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Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets - 3/15/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Charlotte Hornets at Washington Wizards
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Capital One Arena
Washington, D.C.
The Line
The Line: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 232
TV Channel
FSCR, NSWA
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The Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Charlotte Hornets could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 110.8 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 111.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.1 points and 5.8 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Marvin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Cody Zeller is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost four of their last five road games.

The Washington Wizards look for another win after winning five of their last eight games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 114.4 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 25.8 points and 5.3 rebounds while Bobby Portis is averaging 15.5 points and 9.1 rebounds. Trevor Ariza is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Parker is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have won their last four home games.

The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hornets are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Washington and the home team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The over is 13-4 in Wizards last 17 overall. The over is 8-3 in Hornets last 11 overall.

The Charlotte Hornets have more to play for with them closer toward a playoff spot than the Wizards, but they've completely fallen apart during this losing stretch, which includes shooting 42.7 percent from the field and being outscored by an average of nine points in their last five games. Outside of Kemba, there's just not enough consistent offensive weapons for the Hornets to survive in this era. The Washington Wizards are probably playing some of their best ball of the season, as Beal has put this club on his back, and the Wizards have even covered six straight. Neither of these teams are making the playoffs, so it's all for not, but the Wizards are still competing and getting positive results. We can't say the same for the Hornets.

Pick:
Washington Wizards -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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