Portland Blazers vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 4/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-2.5)
Spectrum Center is the venue where and the Charlotte Hornets (27-28) will play the Portland Blazers (32-23) on Sunday. The spread on this contest has Portland as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 221.
The Portland Blazers stepped onto the hardwood against the San Antonio Spurs and took home the win by a score of 107-106 in their last game. Portland finished the contest having earned a 46.1% field goal percentage (41 of 89) and knocked down 11 out of their 29 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Blazers made 14 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 87.5%. Concerning getting rebounds, they collected 38 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 23 assists in this game as well as forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 9 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Portland allowed 47.4% from the field on 45 of 95 shooting. San Antonio distributed 30 assists and had 7 steals for the game. Additionally, San Antonio collected 49 rebounds (14 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 6 blocks. San Antonio ended up going 90.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 9 of 10 attempts. They converted 7 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
CJ McCollum is someone who played a role for this game. He had 29 points on 13 out of 26 shooting. He was on the court for 37:37 minutes played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. McCollum finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and also totaled 6 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Blazers was Norman Powell. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 38:17 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game at 47.1% from the field for this game by shooting 8-of-17 (22 points). Overall, Powell earned 4 assists.
Portland enters this game with a record of 32-23 for the campaign. They are giving up possession 11.5 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.2 personal fouls every game. As a team, Portland is grabbing 43.8 boards per game and has accumulated 1,130 dimes this year, which ranks 30th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Blazers are shooting 38.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (877 of 2,308) and 82.8% from the free throw line. They average 114.6 points per outing (7th in basketball) while hitting 44.7% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Blazers are forcing 12.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.8 fouls. They relinquish 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 25th in the league in points per game allowed (114.8). The Blazers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 47.9% (697 of 1,033) and they surrender 45.7 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 19th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,387 relinquished for the year.
The last time they took the court, the Charlotte Hornets took a loss by a score of 130-115 when they faced the Brooklyn Nets. The Hornets corralled 29 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 37 for the game. They turned it over 19 times, while getting 12 steals in this matchup. The Nets earned 17 fouls in the game which got the Hornets to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to make 15 of them for a rate of 75.0%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Charlotte buried 12 of their 34 attempts (35.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Hornets walked away from this one shooting 44 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a rate of 53.0%. The Hornets permitted the Nets to convert 47 out of their 85 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.3% in the matchup. They finished shooting 51.2% from distance by shooting 21 out of 41 and finished the game at 15 out of 16 from the free throw line (93.8%). When talking about rebounding, Charlotte allowed Brooklyn to collect 37 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Miles Bridges was important for the Hornets for the game. He converted 13 of 18 for the game for a field goal percentage of 72.2%, and had 9 rebounds. Bridges earned 33 points in his 38:49 mins on the court and had 2 dimes for the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Charlotte was Terry Rozier. He left the arena with 10 assists in his 40:15 minutes on the court, and he knocked down 12 out of 21 from the floor. Rozier finished going 57.1% from the field while earning 27 points and 6 boards.
Charlotte has a mark of 27-28 on the year. The Hornets commit 18.0 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 77.1% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 26.7 times per game (6th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 15.5 times per contest. Charlotte has totaled 6,064 pts this year (110.3 per game) and they collect 43.8 boards per game. As an offense, the Hornets are shooting 45.8% from the field, which ranks 21st in the NBA. The Hornets on the defensive side of the court are 16th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 111.7. They are forcing their opponents into 15.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.8% from the floor (16th in the NBA). The Charlotte defense gives up 36.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (820 of 2,220) and opponents are making 75.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 27.7 dimes and 44.7 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 30th and 19th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Charlotte (+2.5) and over 221 points
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