Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 12/27/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-7.5)
The Brooklyn Nets are headed to Spectrum Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Charlotte Hornets. Brooklyn opens this matchup as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 224.
The Brooklyn Nets played the Boston Celtics and notched a win by a score of 123-95 in their last game. Brooklyn ended the contest with a 53.9% field goal percentage (41 out of 76) and converted 15 of 29 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Nets made 26 of 31 shots for a percentage of 83.9%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they earned 43 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 21 assists in this matchup as well as having 5 steals and 10 blocks. In terms of the defense, Brooklyn allowed their opponent to shoot 37.8% from the floor on 37 of 98 shooting. Boston totaled 23 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, the Celtics grabbed 47 boards (20 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 5 blocks. Boston finished shooting 68.4% from the free throw line by knocking down 13 of 19 attempts. They also converted 8 of 27 attempts from beyond the arc.
Kyrie Irving is one player who was a major factor in this contest. He accumulated 37 points on 13 of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 33:24 minutes and also pulled down 6 boards. Irving ended up shooting 61.9% from the floor and earned 8 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Nets was Kevin Durant. He grabbed 4 rebounds and also collected 3 dimes. He finished shooting 56.3% from the floor for the game by hitting 9-of-16 (29 points). Overall, Durant was on the court for 33:24 minutes.
Brooklyn enters this one after finishing with a win-loss mark of 35-37 last year. They averaged 111.8 points per outing (16th in the league) while connecting on 44.8% from the field. The Nets hit on 34.3% on shots from 3-point land (941 of 2,746) and 74.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Brooklyn collected 47.9 boards per contest and earned 1,761 dimes last season, which ranked 13th in the league in terms of passing the ball. They gave up possession 15.3 times per game and as a basketball team committed 21.0 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Nets were able to force 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.1 personal fouls. They relinquished 35.0% on three-point shots and they were 19th in the league in opponents PPG (112.3). The Nets defense gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.6% (2,981 of 6,688) and they surrendered 45.9 rebounds per contest as a unit. They were 6th in basketball in allowing assists 1,630 relinquished last season.
The last time they took the court, the Charlotte Hornets took a loss by a score of 121-114 when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Hornets recorded 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 32 for this contest. They also rejected 4 attempts while earning 10 steals for the game. The Cavaliers committed 22 personal fouls in this game which took the Hornets to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to bury 8 of them for a percentage of 53.3%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Charlotte made 16 out of 44 attempts (36.4%). When the game finished, the Hornets ended up shooting 45 out of 90 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Hornets allowed the Cavaliers to make 46 out of their 87 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 52.9% in this game. They finished 46.7% from beyond the arc by connecting on 14 of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 15 out of 20 at the free throw line (75.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Charlotte allowed Cleveland to pull down 50 in all (10 offensive).
Terry Rozier was important for the Hornets in this contest. He made 15 of 23 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 65.2%, which earned him 42 points. Rozier grabbed 3 boards in his 37:31 mins of time on the hardwood and had 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Charlotte was Gordon Hayward. He ended up scoring 28 points in 36:13 mins on the hardwood by going 11 of 18 from the floor for this game. Hayward walked away from this one going 61.1% from the field as well as earning 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
Charlotte had a mark of 23-42 last season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Hornets connected on 43.4% from the floor, which ranked 30th in the NBA. Charlotte scored 6,687 points over the course of last year (102.9 per game) and they pulled down 42.8 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 23.8 times per contest (19th in the league) and they turned it over 14.6 times per contest. The Hornets were responsible for committing 18.8 fouls per contest and they hit 74.8% from the free throw line. The Hornets on the defensive side of the court were 12th in the league in points allowed per contest with 109.6. They forced their opponents into 14.4 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 47.6% from the floor (23rd in basketball). The Charlotte defense allowed 35.2% on 3-pointers (803 of 2,279) and their opponents knocked down 75.8% of their foul shots. They relinquished 26.6 dimes and 46.0 boards per contest, ranking them 30th and 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Charlotte (+7.5)
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