Charlotte Hornets vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction, 12/17/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: ROOT SPORTS
Moda Center is the location where the Portland Trail Blazers (11-18) will meet the Charlotte Hornets (16-14) on Friday.
The Hornets took the court against the Spurs and earned the victory with a final of 131-115 in their last contest. Charlotte ended having earned a 59.3% FG percentage (51 of 86) and converted 18 of their 34 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hornets converted 11 of 16 tries for a percentage of 68.8%. With respect to rebounding, they collected 48 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 34 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 3 turnovers and having 3 steals. When discussing the defense, Charlotte allowed the other team to go 43.3% from the field on 39 of 90 shooting. San Antonio recorded 38 assists and had 27 steals for this game. In addition, San Antonio snagged 27 rebounds (11 offensive, 16 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. San Antonio ended up going 100.0% at the free throw line by making 25 of 25 attempts. They converted 12 of their 37 shots from beyond the arc. Concerning fouls, the Hornets finished with 16 while the Spurs recorded 8 fouls.
Miles Bridges is a player who had an impact in the matchup. He accumulated 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins and also pulled down 8 boards. Bridges shot 66.7% from the floor and earned 8 assists.
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Charlotte heads into this matchup with a win-loss record of 16-14 on the season. They currently have an average of 115.6 points per outing (2nd in basketball) while going 46.5% from the floor. The Hornets are connecting on 38.7% on shots from 3-point land (430 of 1,111) and 73.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Charlotte is pulling down 43.5 rebounds per game and has 795 assists on the year, which is 1st in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.0 times per game and as a group are committing 19.3 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Hornets are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per game while drawing 19.4 fouls. They are 30th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 786 conceded so far this year. The Hornets defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.1% (1,281 of 2,722) and they relinquish 47.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are surrendering 35.4% from beyond the arc and they are 30th in basketball in points per game allowed (116.4).
In their last game, the Trail Blazers took a loss by a score of 113-103 against the Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers collected 33 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for the matchup. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while earning 9 steals in this matchup. The Grizzlies had 15 personal fouls in the game which took the Trail Blazers to the free throw line for 28 shots. They were able to convert 26 of the free throws for a percentage of 92.9%. Regarding shooting from distance, Portland buried 15 out of their 38 tries (39.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Trail Blazers went 31 out of 82 from the field which had them at 37.8%. The Trail Blazers permitted the Grizzlies to make 39 out of 82 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 47.6% for this game. They finished 34.4% from beyond the arc via 11 of 32 and finished the contest at 24 of 30 from the free throw line (80.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Portland allowed Memphis to grab 42 in total (11 offensive).
Damian Lillard was important for the Trail Blazers in the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 21 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 28.6%, and had 5 rebounds. Lillard earned 21 points in his 38 mins on the court and had 4 assists in the game.
Portland has a record of 11-18 this season. When it comes to offense, the Trail Blazers are connecting on 44.9% from the field, which has them ranked 20th in the league. Portland has scored 3,133 pts on the campaign (108.0 per game) and they collect 44.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.0 times per contest (18th in the league) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Trail Blazers are committing 19.3 fouls per game and they shoot 78.0% from the charity stripe.
The Portland defense gives up 38.0% on shots from beyond the arc (397 of 1,044) and their opponents are connecting on 75.3% of their free throw shots. They have given up 25.4 assists and 43.5 rebounds every game, which is ranked 28th and 9th in basketball. The Trail Blazers on defense are ranked 26th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.2. They are able to force 13.8 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (29th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte
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