Phoenix Suns vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, 3/1/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-10)
The Charlotte Hornets will play the Phoenix Suns at Spectrum Center on Wednesday. Charlotte opens this matchup as 10-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 228.
The Suns faced off with the Bucks and ended up losing by a score of 104-101 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Suns ended up finishing with 22 while the Bucks recorded 20 personal fouls. They also knocked down 13 of 45 tries from three-point range. Milwaukee walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the charity stripe by making 15 of 21 shots. Additionally, Milwaukee pulled down 45 rebounds (11 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Milwaukee totaled 15 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. With respect to defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 43.7% from the field on 38 out of 87 shooting. They also dished out 21 assists for this contest as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 4 steals. With regard to rebounding, they collected a total of 55 with 19 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Suns buried 13 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 59.1%. Phoenix walked away from the contest with a 42.1% FG percentage (40 out of 95) and knocked down 8 of 24 3-point attempts.
Devin Booker is a guy who came through for this game. Booker finished shooting 42.9% from the floor and totaled 8 assists. He played 38 mins played and collected 4 boards. He recorded 24 points on 9 out of 21 shooting.
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Phoenix comes into this one with a mark of 33-29 for the season. They average 112.7 pts per game (22nd in the league) while hitting 46.4% from the floor. The Suns are hitting 37.8% on shots from downtown (761 of 2,015) and 79.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,676 assists for the season, which is 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.1 times per game and as a squad they are committing 21.0 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Suns are forcing 14.8 turnovers every game and they draw 20.3 fouls. They currently rank 6th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,455 conceded this season. The Suns are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.6% (2,482 of 5,324) and they concede 43.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 35.8% on 3-point attempts and they rank 5th in basketball in opponents points per game (111.3).
The last time they took the court, the Hornets went home victorious with a score of 117-106 against the Pistons. The Hornets snagged 39 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 46 in this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 16 times, while recording 8 steals in the matchup. The Pistons were called for 18 personal fouls for this contest which took the Hornets to the charity stripe for a total of 22 shots. They were able to convert 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 81.8%. In regard to 3-point shots, Charlotte made 13 of their 26 attempts (50.0%). When all was said and done, the Hornets finished 43 out of 83 from the floor which had them at 51.8%. The Hornets permitted the Pistons to convert 42 of their 92 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 45.7% for this contest. They went 11.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 3 out of 26 and finished the contest at 19 of 27 from the charity stripe (70.4%). In regard to rebounds, Charlotte allowed Detroit to collect 39 in total (10 offensive).
Terry Rozier was important for the Hornets in this matchup. He made 9 of 19 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 47.4%, and earned 3 rebounds. Rozier accumulated 22 points in his 38 mins on the court and had 3 assists for this game.
Charlotte has a win-loss record of 20-43 so far this year. The Hornets commit 20.7 fouls per game and they go 75.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.1 times per contest (15th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.8 times per game. Charlotte has earned 7,096 pts for the year (112.6 per contest) and they grab 45.1 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Hornets are hitting on 45.6% from the field, which ranks 26th in the league.
The Charlotte defense allows 36.3% on 3-point shots (803 of 2,211) and their opposition makes 79.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 26.4 dimes and 46.4 boards per game, which has them ranked 29th and 29th in the league. The Hornets on the defensive end are ranked 28th in the league in PPG allowed with 118.4. They are forcing 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the field (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Charlotte (+10)
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