Free NBA Pick: Hawks vs Hornets NBA Odds
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(37-32) Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets (30-39)
Date: Monday March 20
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: -110
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 204
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Division mates, the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets will square of Monday night for the third of their fourth meetings of this season.
The Hornets have won the first two meetings and the third meeting will be at home for the Hornets in the Spectrum Center.
The Hornets are all but eliminated from playoff contention as the Hawks are currently sitting in the fifth seed, looking to jump the Toronto Raptors and secure home court advantage throughout the playoffs.
Atlanta is starting s small road trip in Charlotte on Monday, just two days removed from a home loss to the Portland Trailblazers. The Hawks are in a small slump, losing their last three games, all against Western Conference foes.
The Hawks will look to bounce back against another Southeast division team, but they’ll have to do so without two of their starters.
This includes being without their best player and Eastern Conference All-Star Paul Millsap, who suffered a bone bruise to his knee and missed their last game against Portland as well.
Atlanta will also be without their starting small forward, Kent Bazemore, who will miss the next few games after suffering a right knee contusion during Saturday’s game with the Trailblazers.
Bazemore is expected to miss the next 7-10 days and the Hawks will need to test their depth during this time.
With a full squad, the Hawks are near league average in both offensive and defensive points per game. However they’ll be a much different team without both Millsap and Bazemore as both players are key to their floor spacing and shooting.
Expect the Hawks to do an awful lot of attacking the basket and running pick and roll with Denis Schroeder and Dwight Howard.
Without spacing, that tandem may suffer, but both are explosive and efficient near the rim.
The Hornets have been a tale of two halves in regards to their season. When the year turned, Charlotte was 19-15, in playoff contention and seemed destined for a playoff spot with a talented core of players.
Since then, the team has gone 11-24 and now find themselves 11th in the Eastern Conference and need a lot of winning and some help in order to sneak into the playoffs.
This isn’t the team they thought they were when the season began and it isn’t a result of injuries.
The important pieces on this team, Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, have played nearly every game for the team this season. And Walker is having such a great individual season that he made his first All-Star appearance for his performance.
They probably miss Al Jefferson more than they’d let on and Batum hasn’t been the max level player that they signed just a summer ago.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Atlanta’s offensive rating is -4 over the past five games
- Atlanta is 12-22 ATS against teams below .500
- Atlanta is 3-10 versus division foes
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Hawks are a team that has built it’s identity around their star player, the same player that will miss this game and missed their last game in a blowout loss to the Trailblazers.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets -5.5
The Hornets aren’t a great team, but have good players capable of taking advantage of a team on the ropes. Charlotte should win this game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hawks 91 – Hornets 99
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