Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 12/21/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
The Charlotte Hornets are en route to Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday where they will attempt to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Hornets faced the Kings and took home the win by a score of 125-119 in their last game. Charlotte finished the contest with a 51.6% field goal percentage (49 out of 95) and converted 10 out of their 31 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Hornets made 17 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 73.9%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 56 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 26 dimes in this matchup while creating 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Charlotte allowed their opponent to shoot 47.4% from the field on 45 of 95 shooting. Sacramento earned 23 dimes and had 8 steals in the game. Moreover, Sacramento collected 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. Sacramento walked away from this one shooting 54.8% from the free throw line by converting 17 of their 31 tries. They made 12 out of their 33 tries from 3-point range. In regard to personal fouls, the Hornets finished with 25 and the Kings accumulated 23 personal fouls.
Kelly Oubre Jr. is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He ended up walking away with 31 points on 12 out of 25 shooting. He played 38 mins and pulled down 9 boards. Oubre finished the game at 48.0% from the field and also distributed 1 assist.
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Charlotte enters this one with a win-loss mark of 8-23 for the year. They turn it over 14.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 21.7 fouls per contest. As a team, Charlotte is pulling in 45.9 boards per contest and has racked up 762 dimes on the year, which ranks 13th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Hornets are shooting 32.4% on 3-pointers (328 of 1,012) and 74.4% from the charity stripe. They average 110.8 pts per contest (24th in the league) while hitting 44.5% from the field.
On defense, the Hornets have forced 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 fouls. They rank 28th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 816 surrendered this year. The Hornets defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 47.9% (1,326 of 2,769) and they surrender 46.2 boards per game as a group. They give up 35.6% on shots from distance while they are 28th in basketball in points per game allowed (117.5).
In their last game, the Clippers got the victory with a final of 102-93 when they faced the Wizards. In reference to rebounds, Los Angeles allowed Washington to collect 42 in total (7 on the offensive side). They finished 36.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 9 out of 25 and finished the contest at 12 of 13 at the free throw line (92.3%). The Clippers allowed the Wizards to bury 36 of their 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.9% in this matchup. When the final whistle blew, the Clippers shot 37 for 86 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.0%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Los Angeles converted 12 of their 29 tries (41.4%). They were able to convert 16 of them for a clip of 61.5%. The Wizards were called for 21 personal fouls in this contest which took the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 shots. They turned it over 14 times, while earning 6 steals in the game. The Clippers earned 37 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 49 for the game.
Kawhi Leonard ended up being a factor for the Clippers in the matchup. Leonard recorded 31 points in his 32 minutes of playing time and had 1 assist in this game. He made 12 of 26 for the contest giving him a rate of 46.2%, and totaled 9 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 18-14 for the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Clippers are hitting on 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 23rd in the league. Los Angeles has tallied 3,424 points on the season (107.0 per contest) and they collect 44.5 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 22.4 times per game (26th in the league) and they cough up possession 15.4 times per game. The Clippers are responsible for committing 19.9 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 74.5% from the free throw line.
The Los Angeles defense surrenders 33.8% on 3-point attempts (372 of 1,099) and their opposition knocks down 75.6% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 23.8 dimes and 43.9 boards per game, which has them ranked 7th and 19th in the NBA. The Clippers on the defensive side of the court are 2nd in basketball in PPG allowed with 107.6. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.2% from the field (4th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Charlotte
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