Thursday, March 2, 2017
US Airways Center
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The Charlotte Hornets head to US Airways Center to take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, March 2, 2017. The opening line for this game has Charlotte as 3.5 point favorites.
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The Hornets come into this game with an overall record of 26-34. They are 4th in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.4 as they are averaging 104.8 points per game while giving up 104.4 per contest. The Suns have an overall record of 18-42. They currently are 5th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 107.1 points per game and surrendering 112.8, good for a point differential of -5.7.
Nicolas Batum comes into this game averaging 14.9 points per contest while playing 34.6 minutes per night so far this year for the Hornets. He pulls down 7.2 rebounds per contest and dishes out 6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%. Kemba Walker averages 22.8 points per game in 34.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.4 assists per contest and 4.1 rebounds per game for Charlotte. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Devin Booker averages 20.9 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 2.8 rebounds per game and has 3.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Eric Bledsoe averages 21.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 5 rebounds per contest and 6.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
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Charlotte averages 104.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 18th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 29th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 45 rebounds per game and 23.2 assists per game which ranks them 5th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 29th with 12.1 per game. The Hornets allow 104.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 10th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 6th and 15th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.9 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 23.8 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 12.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the league.
Phoenix averages 107.1 points per game this year which ranks them 10th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -5.67 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the NBA. They average 44.3 rebounds per game and 18.9 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 3rd with 15.7 per game. The Suns allow 112.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 42.9 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 22.5 assists per contest which puts them in 11th place in the league. The Suns force 15.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the NBA.
The Hornets have an offensive rating of 107.6 and a defensive rating of 107.2. In terms of pace they average 96.6 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 33% of their shots. Charlotte turns the ball over an average of 11.2 times per 100 possessions and they force 11.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%.
The Suns rating on offense is 106.7 and they have a defensive rating of 112.4. They get 99.3 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 26% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 13.7 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.6 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 25-32-3 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 29-31-0 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 29-29-2 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 37-22-1 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
02/22/17 C Miles Plumlee Calf out indefinitely
02/06/17 PG Ramon Sessions Knee out indefinitely
Phoenix Suns Injuries
02/25/17 F Jared Sullinger Acquired has been waived
02/08/17 F Dragan Bender Ankle out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Charlotte -3.5
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