Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+5.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Suns (20-10) will play the Charlotte Hornets (14-16) on Wednesday. Phoenix opens this matchup as 5.5-point favorites. The total is set at 229.
The Charlotte Hornets took the court against the Utah Jazz and took a loss by a score of 132-110 in their last contest. Charlotte wrapped up the contest with a 46.1% FG percentage (41 of 89) and buried 11 out of their 36 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Hornets converted 17 of 21 attempts for a rate of 81.0%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they compiled 35 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 18 assists in this contest while getting 13 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of defending, Charlotte allowed the other team to go 52.9% from the floor on 45 of 85 shooting. Utah distributed 34 assists and had 7 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Jazz snagged 45 boards (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Utah finished 82.4% from the charity stripe by making 14 of 17 tries. They knocked down 28 of their 55 tries from 3-point range.
LaMelo Ball is a player who was a factor for this game. He finished with 21 points on 8 of 20 shooting. He played 38:11 mins and snagged 7 boards. Ball finished the game at 40.0% from the field and recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Hornets was Gordon Hayward. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He finished the game at 60.0% from the floor for the game by going 9-of-15 (21 points). When the final whistle blew, Hayward was on the hardwood for 25:44 minutes.
Charlotte heads into this one with a mark of 14-16 for the year. They average 110.9 points per game (20th in basketball) while hitting 45.9% from the floor. The Hornets are shooting 38.1% on 3-point shots (416 of 1,091) and 77.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Charlotte is snagging 44.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 810 assists this season, which ranks 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 15.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.5 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Hornets have forced 15.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.8 fouls. The Hornets defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.4% (468 of 563) and they surrender 45.4 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 30th in basketball in giving up assists with 843 surrendered this year. They concede 37.3% on 3-point shots while they are 15th in basketball in points per game allowed (112.0).
For their last game, the Phoenix Suns took home the win by a final score of 132-100 when they faced the Portland Blazers. The Suns corralled 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for the contest. They also stuffed 5 attempts while recording 6 steals in this contest. The Blazers committed 17 fouls for this contest which took the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 88.9%. In the matter of shots from beyond the arc, Phoenix buried 16 of their 33 tries (48.5%). In all, the Suns shot 50 for 99 from the floor which had them shooting 50.5%. The Suns allowed the Blazers to make 37 out of 84 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 44.0% for this game. They finished shooting 30.8% from 3-point land by shooting 12 of 39 and ended up going 14 out of 19 at the free throw line (73.7%). When discussing rebounding, Phoenix allowed Portland to pull down 46 in all (13 offensive).
Devin Booker was important for the Suns for the matchup. He buried 12 of 17 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 70.6%, which earned him 34 points. Booker snagged 4 rebounds in his 29:03 mins of time on the hardwood and had 4 dimes in the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Phoenix was Deandre Ayton. He was able to score 19 points in his 25:50 minutes on the court by going 8 out of 11 from the floor in this matchup. Ayton wrapped this one up going 72.7% from the field and also earning 2 dimes and 5 boards.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 20-10 this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Suns are connecting on 48.1% from the floor, which is ranked 7th in the league. Phoenix has 3,396 points for the campaign (113.2 per contest) and they grab 43.9 boards per game. They are earning an assist 26.7 times per contest (6th in basketball) and they are turning it over 12.9 times per contest. The Suns commit 20.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 83.5% from the charity stripe. The Suns on defense are ranked 4th in the league in PPG allowed with 107.5. They allow 21.9 assists and 43.7 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 2nd and 12th in the league. The Phoenix defense allows 34.5% on three-point shots (331 of 959) and opponents are converting on 76.0% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (9th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix (-5.5) and under 229 points
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