Charlotte Hornets vs Portland Blazers Prediction, 3/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Portland Blazers
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+6)
The Charlotte Hornets (15-17) travel to Moda Center on Monday where they'll meet the Portland Blazers (18-14). The line on this game has Portland as 6-point favorites. The over/under opens at 235.5.
The Charlotte Hornets took the court against the Golden State Warriors and took a loss by a final of 130-121 in their last contest. Charlotte walked away from the game having earned a 46.1% field goal percentage (41 out of 89) and converted 17 of 41 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Hornets converted 22 of 32 shots for a rate of 68.8%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 38 with 13 of them being offensive. They also doled out 27 dimes for this contest while forcing 23 turnovers and earning 11 steals. Regarding defense, Charlotte let their opponent shoot 60.8% from the field on 48 out of 79 shooting. Golden State doled out 38 assists and had 10 steals for this contest. On top of that, Golden State grabbed 37 rebounds (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Golden State ended up shooting 92.0% from the charity stripe by making 23 of their 25 attempts. They also knocked down 11 out of their 24 tries from long range.
Terry Rozier is one player who was a major factor in the game. He ended up finishing with 24 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 37:51 minutes and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Rozier walked away from this one shooting 56.3% from the field and totaled 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Hornets was LaMelo Ball. He collected 7 rebounds in 37:10 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up shooting 43.8% from the floor in the game by shooting 7-of-16 (22 points). Overall, Ball had 6 assists.
Charlotte heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 15-17 so far this year. The Hornets are hitting 38.2% from downtown (446 of 1,168) and 77.2% from the free throw line. They average 111.6 points per game (18th in basketball) while hitting 46.0% from the floor. They are turning it over 15.4 times per game and as a group are committing 18.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Charlotte is pulling down 44.1 rebounds per game and has totaled 861 dimes on the campaign, which is 6th in the league in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Hornets are able to force 15.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.0 fouls. They currently rank 29th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 907 relinquished for the season. The Hornets are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.0% (507 of 607) and they surrender 45.0 boards per game as a squad. They concede 37.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 21st in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.8).
For their last game, the Portland Blazers took a loss by a final score of 102-93 when they played the Los Angeles Lakers. The Blazers recorded 35 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Lakers had 23 personal fouls for this contest which got the Blazers to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to bury 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 90.0%. With respect to shooting from distance, Portland converted 11 of 37 attempts (29.7%). Overall, the Blazers finished the game shooting 32 for 83 from the field which gave them a rate of 38.6%. The Blazers permitted the Lakers to convert 37 out of 88 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.0% for the matchup. They shot 25.9% from beyond the arc by shooting 7 out of 27 and walked away from this one shooting 21 of 28 from the free throw line (75.0%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Portland permitted Los Angeles to get 52 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Damian Lillard ended up being a factor for the Blazers for the contest. He converted 11 out of 24 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 45.8%, and accumulated 3 rebounds. Lillard scored 35 points in his 42:16 mins of playing time and earned 7 dimes for this game. Another guy that was important for Portland was Gary Trent Jr.. He ended up finishing with 2 dimes in 33:34 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 8 out of 20 from the floor. Trent wrapped this one up going 40.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 19 points and 1 rebound.
Portland has a win-loss mark of 18-14 on the season. Portland has scored 3,653 pts on the campaign (114.2 per contest) and they average 44.5 boards per game. The Blazers have committed 19.7 fouls per contest and they connect on 82.1% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Blazers are connecting on 44.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 27th in the league. They are earning an assist 19.9 times per game (30th in basketball) and they turn it over 11.6 times per contest. The Blazers on the defensive end are ranked 25th in basketball in PPG given up with 115.2. They have forced 12.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the floor (24th in the league). The Portland defense gives up 36.7% on shots from beyond the arc (412 of 1,122) and their opponents are converting on 78.7% of their free throw shots. They relinquish 24.9 assists and 46.4 boards per contest, which ranks 18th and 23rd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte (+6)
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