In this all-Eastern showdown, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff spots of the conference are clashing, when the Washington Wizards (34-24), looking to extend their current winning streak, are hosting the Charlotte Hornets (25-33), who have two straight victories and want to keep it that way. Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards -3.5
Wizards have a 34-24 record (28-30 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 4th place of the East. They have three consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 110-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.6 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He is followed by John Wall with 19.4 ppg and a team high 9.3 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
Hornets have a 25-33 record (23-31-4 against the spread) so far this season. Charlotte currently sits in the 10th slot in the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Nets with a 111-96 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.9 ppg. The All-Star guard adds a team high 5.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dwight Howard with 15.8 ppg and a team high 12.6 rebounds per game, while Jeremy Lamb adds 13.5 ppg.
Hornets have won both previous meetings against the Wizards this season. Both wins came at home by an average of 13.5 points. The Wizards are 17-10 at home so far this season, while Hornets are 9-18 on the road. Wizards are better both offensively, scoring 107.5 ppg to Hornets’ 106.1 and defensively, allowing 105.5 ppg to Hornets’ 106.4. They also have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.73% to Hornets’ 44.25% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.93% to Hornets’ 36.41%. Wizards are also better in assists made, with 24.4 to Hornets’ 21.1, while Hornets are only better in rebounding, grabbing 45.8 to Wizards’ 42.9. Wizards are the favorite for the win despite playing back-to-back today and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread which they are expected to beat against a weak on the road Hornets squad.
Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Washington Wizards -3.5 (-111)
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Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards Spread and Prediction