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2021 NBA Handicapping
(20-20) Charlotte Hornets vs. LA Clippers (26-16)
Date: Saturday, March 20th
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hornets +380 | Clippers -432
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 233.5
Saturday, March 20th finds the LA Clippers hosting the Charlotte Hornets for the first time this season. The last time the clubs faced each other was October 28th, 2019 when the Clippers won 111-96.
The Clippers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 33 wins in 58 meetings. Last season, the teams played a single time and as noted above the Clippers won that match.
The current road trip has dampened the Hornets’ recent hot streak after they suffered consecutive losses to the Nuggets and Lakers.
Prior to that, Charlotte was sporting a four-game win streak and had won 10 of their last 15 games. The lesson for this young squad is to bring the same fire and swagger on the road that they play with at home.
That fact is evidenced by their winning home record (12-8) versus the losing road record (8-12). And, things don’t improve as they face a fired-up Clippers squad who lost badly to a Mavericks team failing to reach 90 points.
In the most recent match, Charlotte got a glimpse of what they’ll specifically need to build into a title contender as they lost 105-116 to the Lakers.
The one Hornet who wasn’t phased playing the champs was rookie LaMelo Ball who scored 26 points and dished seven dimes. LeBron James even handed out rare praise in the post-game citing how the rookie’s speed and shot versatility already standing out at his young age.
Terry Rozier (20), PJ Washington (18), and Devonte Graham (12) were the only other double-figure contributors.
This match has a sense of deja vu to it reminding of the 94-122 loss to Memphis — an angered Kawhi Leonard and the next game out the Clippers toasted that same Grizzlies squad 119-99.
LA is still struggling to find a sense of consistency and chemistry this season and while they’ve avoided load management the same problems from last season persist.
Part of the issue is LA is missing a vocal leader who everyone will listen to. That’s not a comfortable role for Kawhi Leonard or Paul George. While Beverley was that emotional leader and de facto leader that clearly isn’t working.
What the Clippers are in desperate need of is a traditional point guard who excels at playmaking, can defend, and is a vocal leader the players would respect.
Barring Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry joining the team (which isn’t likely to happen) at the trade deadline LA may have to resort to getting two out of three and that person might be George Hill.
Having already won the draft pick sweepstakes with Lawrence Frank on the Paul George trade, Sam Presti would likely be more than happy to facilitate the Hill trade.
Serge Ibaka (back) and Patrick Beverley (knee) have missed the last two and three games respectively and are questionable for this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 9-1 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Clippers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 4-6 in the last 10 contests between the clubs
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
Unfortunately for the Hornets, they’ll be the target of the Clippers’ revenge as they bounce back from the embarrassing loss to the Mavs.
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