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(1-0) Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets (0-1)
Date: Friday October 20
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: The Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -6
NBA Betting Total: 202.5
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The Charlotte Hornets host a quick-fire Atlanta Hawks squad in Friday’s matchup of southeast division rivals.
After losing three of its top-four scorers this summer, the Atlanta Hawks upset Dallas in the teams’ 17-18 season opener. Conversely, Charlotte struggled offensively during a 102-90 setback vs. Detroit on Wednesday.
Given the franchise keys, fourth-year guard Dennis Schroder (28 points) combined with veteran addition Marco Belinelli (20 points) to upset host Dallas 117-111 to begin the Travis Schlenk era.
While Schroder kept Mavericks defenders off-balance, Hawks rookie John Collins (14 points, 5 rebounds) shined in his NBA debut. Along with Collins, the Atlanta reserves added 57 points as the team shot 51/50/80 overall.
Throughout Mike Budenholzer’s productive tenure as Hawks sideline commander, fluid offensive motion has become a hallmark of Atlanta basketball. Though Schroder prefers isolation sets, his Hawks assisted 20 times on 48 made FG’s vs. favored Dallas.
Because of ball-movement and sound basic discipline, historically Budenholzer-led Hawks lineups fare greater than the sum of their parts. With capable outside shooting, lively legs, and a strong infrastructure, this Hawks group will surprise many favored opponents this season.
To overcome defensive-minded Charlotte, Schroder must again perform well. Tasked with All-Star veteran Kemba Walker, and former teammate Dwight Howard’s rim protection, Schroder’s angles and lanes could disappear. Therefore, Atlanta’s key to victory is finding secondary playmaking from a group of able hands in Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry, and Marco Belinelli.
Throughout a deflating twelve-point loss vs. Detroit, the one-dimensional Hornets sorely missed the dynamic presence of injured Nicolas Batum.
Batum suffered a nonshooting-arm injury earlier this month and will be sidelined 6-8 weeks. Meanwhile, vs. fellow 17′ lottery denizen Detroit, Charlotte shot just 39/30/79 overall.
Meanwhile, Tobias Harris (27 points, 10 rebounds) punctuated Detroit’s balanced starting-five performance as the Piston’s bench, led by Langston Galloway (16 points), outscored Charlotte’s reserves 37-26.
To defeat free-wheeling Atlanta, Charlotte will require a greater bench effort, balanced scoring, and an outburst from Kemba Walker. Dwight Howard, Frank Kaminsky, and Cody Zeller must also put fear into the Hawks’ young, attacking athletes.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hawks are 1-0 ATS in this season
- Hawks are 1-0 SU this season
- Hawks are 1-0 ATS on the road this season
- Hawks are 1-0 ATS this season
- Charlotte is 0-1 SU this season
- Charlotte is 0-1 ATS on the road this season
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Hornets NBA Prediction:
On paper, just as Dallas was, Charlotte is a favorite vs. visiting Atlanta. However, as stated, Budenholzer-led teams are well-schooled and capable of surprising even the sagest of pundits.
Further, a strong coach can squeeze four or five early-season wins from opponents still seeking identity. That stated, look for a Hawks road-upset in this contest of lower-tier playoff hopefuls.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks ATS
Atlanta will attempt a 2-0 start to the Schlenk-rebuild era opposite an underwhelming, and identity-deprived, Charlotte Hornets collective.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 105 – Charlotte 102
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