Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 4/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (-5.5)
Chesapeake Energy Arena is the site where and the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-30) will take on the Charlotte Hornets (25-24) on Wednesday. Charlotte opens this contest as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 214.5.
The Charlotte Hornets faced the Boston Celtics and went home with a loss by a final score of 116-86 in their last game. Charlotte ended the contest having earned a 40.0% FG percentage (32 of 80) and made 10 out of their 31 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Hornets converted 12 of their 20 tries for a rate of 60.0%. When it comes to rebounding, they collected 42 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 23 dimes for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 6 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In reference to defending, Charlotte allowed the other team to shoot 45.7% from the floor on 43 out of 94 shooting. Boston dished out 29 dimes and had 11 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Boston pulled down 44 rebounds (14 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Boston finished the contest at 81.8% from the charity stripe by making 9 of 11 attempts. They also made 21 of 54 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Terry Rozier is one guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He walked away with 22 points on 8 out of 19 shooting. He played for 32:18 mins and also pulled down 7 boards. Rozier shot 42.1% from the field and totaled 4 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this game for the Hornets was Devonte' Graham. He pulled down 4 rebounds in his 26:45 min played. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor for the game by going 4-of-8 (11 points). When all was said and done, Graham accounted for 6 assists.
Charlotte enters this game with a win-loss mark of 25-24 on the campaign. They average 110.7 pts per contest (20th in basketball) while going 45.8% from the floor. The Hornets are shooting 38.0% on shots from 3-point land (676 of 1,778) and 77.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Charlotte is snagging 44.1 boards per game and has tallied 1,307 assists this season, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Hornets are forcing 15.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.1 fouls. They are giving up 36.4% from beyond the arc and they are 17th in the NBA in PPG allowed (111.9). The Hornets defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.8% (733 of 934) and they surrender 44.9 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 30th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,356 conceded on the campaign.
For their last game, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a loss by a score of 132-108 against the Detroit Pistons. The Thunder pulled down 29 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in this contest. They turned the ball over 15 times, while earning 10 steals for the game. The Pistons earned 20 personal fouls for the contest which got the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to convert 21 of the free throw tries for a rate of 84.0%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Oklahoma City converted 5 of their 27 attempts (18.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Thunder finished 41 for 97 from the field which had them at 42.3%. The Thunder allowed the Pistons to convert 49 of their 95 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.6% for this contest. They finished 46.4% from three-point range by hitting 13 out of 28 and ended up shooting 21 of 24 at the free throw line (87.5%). When talking about team rebounding, Oklahoma City allowed Detroit to get 50 in all (13 offensive).
Aleksej Pokusevski ended up having an impact for the Thunder in the matchup. He buried 8 out of 19 for the contest giving him a rate of 42.1%, and added 4 rebounds. Pokusevski accumulated 19 points in his 31:30 mins on the court, but finished this game without an assist. An additional guy that was important for Oklahoma City was Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. He ended up walking away with 2 assists in his 26:11 mins on the court, and he put in 5 of 10 from the floor. Mykhailiuk ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and also contributing 17 points and 3 boards.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 20-30 for the season. Oklahoma City has totaled 5,290 points this season (105.8 per contest) and they average 44.9 rebounds per game. The Thunder commit 17.8 fouls per game while shooting 73.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Thunder are shooting 44.5% from the field, which is ranked 26th in the league. They are assisting teammates 22.3 times per game (28th in the league) and they cough up possession 15.2 times per contest. The Thunder on the defensive end are ranked 21st in the league in PPG given up with 113.5. They surrender 24.9 dimes and 47.3 rebounds every game, which is ranked 17th and 27th in the league. The Oklahoma City defense gives up 35.6% on 3-pointers (649 of 1,825) and their opposition makes 76.5% of their foul shots. They are forcing 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the field (19th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte (-5.5)
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