Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 3/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Prime Tic
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+10.5)
The Charlotte Hornets (20-20) go to STAPLES Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Clippers (26-16). The line on this game has Los Angeles as 10.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 233.5.
The Charlotte Hornets played the Los Angeles Lakers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 116-105 in their last contest. Charlotte ended the game with a 49.4% field goal percentage (41 out of 83) and made 11 of 29 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Hornets made 12 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. When discussing getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 43 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 26 assists in this game as well as forcing 12 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In reference to defending, Charlotte let their opponent shoot 48.4% from the floor on 44 of 91 shooting. Los Angeles earned 23 assists and had 7 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Los Angeles grabbed 48 boards (11 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 8 blocked shots. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 75.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 15 of their 20 shots. They also buried 13 of their 39 attempts from long range.
LaMelo Ball is someone who came through for this contest. He totaled 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:23 mins played and totaled 5 rebounds. Ball ended up going 55.6% from the field and recorded 7 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Hornets was Terry Rozier. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 37:43 min played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 42.1% from the field for the game by connecting on 8-of-19 (20 points). When the time ran out, Rozier had 3 assists.
Charlotte comes into this matchup with a record of 20-20 this year. The Hornets are shooting 38.4% on shots from downtown (555 of 1,447) and 77.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 112.4 points per outing (17th in basketball) while hitting 46.4% from the floor. They turn the ball over 15.6 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Charlotte is snagging 44.0 boards per game and has earned 1,086 assists for the campaign, which ranks 3rd in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Hornets are able to force 15.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.9 personal fouls. They rank 30th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,130 relinquished this season. The Hornets defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 47.4% (625 of 756) and they relinquish 44.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 37.1% on shots from downtown while they are 21st in the league in points per game allowed (113.2).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Los Angeles Clippers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 105-89 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers snagged 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 37 for the game. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 12 steals for the game. The Mavericks committed 16 personal fouls in the game which took the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to convert 6 of them for a rate of 54.5%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles buried 9 out of their 32 tries (28.1%). Overall, the Clippers finished the game shooting 37 for 88 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.0%. The Clippers allowed the Mavericks to make 40 of their 79 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 50.6% in the matchup. They went 44.1% from beyond the perimeter by going 15 out of 34 and ended up shooting 10 of 12 at the charity stripe (83.3%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles permitted Dallas to get 43 overall (6 offensive).
Paul George ended up being important for the Clippers in this matchup. He made 10 of 20 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. George scored 28 points in his 41:21 mins of playing time and had 5 dimes for the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Los Angeles was Kawhi Leonard. He wrapped the game up with 7 assists in 36:55 minutes played, and he shot 9 of 21 from the floor. Leonard ended the game having shot 42.9% from the field as well as contributing 20 points and 7 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a record of 26-16 so far this season. The Clippers have committed 19.1 fouls per contest while shooting 83.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.3 times per game (20th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.1 times per game. Los Angeles has tallied 4,807 pts for the campaign (114.5 per game) and they collect 44.1 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Clippers are hitting on 48.2% from the field, which ranks them 7th in basketball. The Clippers are ranked 6th in the league in PPG given up with 109.6. They concede 23.4 dimes and 41.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 5th and 3rd in the league. The Los Angeles defense concedes 36.4% on 3-point attempts (498 of 1,368) and their opponents are connecting on 78.0% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.2% from the floor (21st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Charlotte (+10.5)
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