Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 2/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Capital One Arena is the location where the Washington Wizards will try to defeat the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.
The Hornets stepped onto the hardwood against the Magic and went home with a loss by a final score of 119-113 in their last contest. Charlotte wrapped up the game having earned a 54.2% FG percentage (45 of 83) and knocked down 12 of their 33 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Hornets converted 11 of their 23 tries for a percentage of 47.8%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 39 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 28 dimes in this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In relation to defending, Charlotte allowed their opponent to shoot 46.2% from the floor on 42 out of 91 shooting. Orlando doled out 25 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. Moreover, Orlando snagged 52 rebounds (18 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. Orlando ended up shooting 90.0% at the free throw line by converting 27 of 30 shots. They made 8 of their 23 shots from distance. When discussing fouls, the Hornets ended up walking away with 23 and the Magic recorded 18 fouls.
LaMelo Ball is someone who came through in this contest. He totaled 33 points on 13 out of 24 shooting. He played 38 minutes played and also totaled 8 rebounds. Ball went 54.2% from the field and also dished out 6 dimes.
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Charlotte will take the court with a mark of 15-40 this season. They average 112.0 points per contest (25th in the league) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. The Hornets are hitting 32.2% on shots from downtown (589 of 1,832) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Charlotte is pulling in 45.1 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,379 assists on the year, which has them ranked 12th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 13.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 21.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Hornets are able to force 15.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.6 fouls. They are giving up 36.6% on three-point shots and they are ranked 28th in basketball in PPG allowed (118.6). The Hornets defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 48.1% (2,365 of 4,919) and they relinquish 46.4 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 29th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,450 relinquished on the year.
For their last game, the Wizards took a defeat with a final score of 114-91 when they played the Cavaliers. Concerning rebounding, Washington permitted Cleveland to get 43 overall (7 on the offensive glass). They finished shooting 41.4% from three-point range by shooting 12 out of 29 and finished the contest at 14 of 20 from the free throw line (70.0%). The Wizards allowed the Cavaliers to convert 44 of their 78 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 56.4% in the matchup. Overall, the Wizards ended up going 35 out of 82 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.7%. Concerning 3-point attempts, Washington made 6 of their 28 tries (21.4%). They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.9%. The Cavaliers committed 15 fouls for the matchup which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 8 steals in this contest. The Wizards were able to corral 30 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 37 for this game.
Kristaps Porzingis was important for the Wizards for this game. He made 7 of 13 for the game for a rate of 53.8%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Porzingis scored 18 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 1 assist for the contest.
Washington has a record of 24-29 this season. The Wizards are responsible for committing 19.5 fouls every game and they go 78.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.1 times per game (15th in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per game. Washington has totaled 5,980 pts for the campaign (112.8 per contest) and they average 44.1 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Wizards are shooting 47.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 12th in the league.
The Washington defense concedes 35.9% on 3-pointers (618 of 1,723) and opponents are converting on 80.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 23.6 assists and 43.4 boards every game, which ranks them 6th and 13th in the league. The Wizards on the defensive end are ranked 14th in basketball in PPG given up with 113.5. They are forcing 12.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Charlotte
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