It will be a battle between Southeast Division opponents when the Charlotte Hornets (9-16) welcome the Washington Wizards (7-15) to the Spectrum Center. The game gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 234 points with Washington set as a 1-point favorite.
Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets ATS Prediction
The last time the Wizards played, they were topped by the Los Angeles Clippers, 135-119, and were unable to cover as 9.5-point underdogs. The game’s total points (254) came in well over the O/U total of 234.5. Los Angeles’ 8.5 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Washington, who had a rate of 11.4. The Clippers’ mark was better than their season average of 13.3. Washington’s Troy Brown had a solid game, finishing with 22 points and five rebounds.
The Hornets fell to the Atlanta Hawks in their last contest, 122-107, despite being 1.5-point favorites. The game’s total points (229) finished over the projected point total of 222.5. Atlanta’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Charlotte. The Hawks had a rate of 0.582 (above their season average of 0.510), while the Hornets posted a mark of 0.461 (below their season average of 0.522). Charlotte’s PJ Washington put up 20 points and eight rebounds in the game.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, Bradley Beal had 30 points, 12 assists and five rebounds and the Wizards beat the Hornets 125-118, covering as 6-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 243 points, which was 8.5 points above the projected point total of 234.5 points. The Wizards made 15 of their 20 free throws (75.0 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (9.9 vs. 14.2).
Washington is 13-9 against the spread (ATS), despite being 7-15 straight up (SU). Of the Wizards’ 22 games, 12 have finished over the total.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is 9-16 SU and 12-13 ATS. Vegas has typically been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Hornets games, with 13 overs compared to 12 unders.
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Rui Hachimura (20 points,7.2 rebounds) has been fantastic for the Wizards while Devonte’ Graham (23 points,8.6 assists) has contributed greatly to the Hornets.
Washington could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. The Wizards currently rank fifth in offensive efficiency while Charlotte ranks 28th in defensive efficiency.
Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Under
On the road, Washington is 8-4 ATS with 6 overs and 6 unders.
At home, Charlotte is 6-7 ATS with 8 unders and 5 overs.
Washington and Charlotte are both 2-0 when they allow below 100 points.
When scoring over 100 points, the Wizards are 6-15 and the Hornets are 8-10.
Washington ranks second in assists per game (28.3) while Charlotte ranks 29th in assists allowed per game (27.9).
The Wizards average 19.3 points off turnovers per game, which ranks fourth in the league. The Hornets rank 25th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.1).
Washington ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (7.2) while Charlotte ranks 25th (8.8).
The Wizards rank eighth in points in the paint per game (48.6) while the Hornets rank 25th in points allowed in the paint per game (52.0).
Charlotte ranks 15th in second chance points allowed per game (13.0) while Washington ranks 25th (14.3).
The Wizards rank 13th in three pointers attempted per game (34.5) while the Hornets rank 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (34.9).
Charlotte ranks 23rd in blocks per game (4.3) while Washington ranks 27th (3.7).
The Hornets rank 28th in rebounds per game (41.7) while the Wizards rank 29th (41.5).
Over its last five outings, Washington is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push.
Charlotte is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Wizards’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 4.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 103.4 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 114.0 points per game (0.9 above their season average).