Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 2/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (-2.5)
The Charlotte Hornets (10-13) play the Washington Wizards (5-14) at Spectrum Center on Sunday. Washington opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 220.5.
The Washington Wizards stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami Heat and ended up losing by a score of 122-95 in their last game. Washington wrapped up the contest with a 37.1% FG percentage (33 out of 89) and knocked down 8 out of their 33 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Wizards made 21 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 87.5%. In regard to rebounding, they collected 40 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 19 assists for the game as well as earning 7 steals and 9 rejections. When discussing defense, Washington let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the field on 43 of 87 shooting. Miami doled out 27 dimes and had 9 steals in this game. In addition, the Heat had 48 rebounds (9 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Miami finished the contest at 87.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 20 of their 23 tries. They also knocked down 16 of their 37 attempts from 3-point range.
Russell Westbrook is a guy who was important for this game. He totaled 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 24:36 minutes and collected 3 rebounds. Westbrook shot 44.4% from the field and totaled 3 assists. One more player that came through in the game for the Wizards was Rui Hachimura. He totaled 2 rebounds and also accumulated 3 dimes. He ended up shooting 30.8% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 4-of-13 (12 points). When all was said and done, Hachimura played for 27:00 minutes.
Washington heads into this contest with a record of 5-14 on the season. They are averaging 115.2 points per contest (5th in the NBA) while going 45.9% from the field. The Wizards are hitting 35.8% from downtown (233 of 651) and 75.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Washington is snagging 43.3 boards per contest and has totaled 479 assists on the campaign, which is 26th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.9 times per game and as a group they commit 22.8 fouls every game. On the defensive end of the court, the Wizards are forcing their opponents into 14.9 turnovers per game and they draw 21.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 39.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 30th in the NBA in PPG allowed (121.2). The Wizards defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 48.7% (284 of 407) and they surrender 46.0 boards per game as a squad. They are 3rd in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 464 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Charlotte Hornets took a defeat with a final score of 138-121 against the Utah Jazz. The Hornets were able to collect 26 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for this game. They blocked 2 attempts while recording 9 steals in the matchup. The Jazz earned 19 fouls for this contest which took the Hornets to the charity stripe for a total of 17 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of those for a percentage of 82.4%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, Charlotte converted 11 of 35 tries (31.4%). In all, the Hornets went 48 out of 104 from the field which had them shooting 46.2%. The Hornets permitted the Jazz to make 48 out of their 87 tries from the floor which had them at 55.2% in this game. They finished the game shooting 52.0% from 3-point land by going 26 out of 50 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 18 from the free throw line (88.9%). In relation to rebounding, Charlotte allowed Utah to get 44 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
LaMelo Ball ended up having an impact for the Hornets for this game. He made 14 out of 27 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 51.9%, which got him 34 points. Ball totaled 4 boards in his 39:23 minutes of time on the court and had 8 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Charlotte was Gordon Hayward. He was able to score 25 points in 37:05 mins on the hardwood via 9 of 20 shooting in this matchup. Hayward finished going 45.0% from the field and also collecting 5 dimes and 10 total rebounds.
Charlotte has a win-loss record of 10-13 for the year. The Hornets commit 18.4 fouls per contest and they shoot 75.3% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 28.4 times per game (1st in the league) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. Charlotte has 2,533 points on the campaign (110.1 per contest) and they pull in 43.5 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Hornets are shooting 45.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 21st in the league. The Hornets on defense are ranked 14th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.7. They are able to force 16.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (19th in basketball). The Charlotte defense allows 37.4% on shots from 3-point land (346 of 924) and their opponents are connecting on 73.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 28.3 dimes and 46.2 boards every game, which is 30th and 23rd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington (-2.5)
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