Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Hornets betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA play-in game on ESPN. The season is on the line for both the Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Hornets as they meet up at State Farm Arena in tonight’s NBA play-in tournament game. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Hawks had a run to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, but this year it’s been a different story. In order to just make the playoffs they have to win their next 2 play-in games, starting tonight at home against the Hornets. They split the regular season series 2-2, but with a 27-14 SU home record this season they are optimistic ahead of tonight’s game. Atlanta went on a 5-1 SU run in their last 6 home games beating the likes of Memphis, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Golden State.
Trae Young has been spectacular, he just finished the season with the most points scored and most assists dished which hasn’t happened since the 1972-73 season. As for favourites, the Hawks are 33-18 SU this season, tonight they are 4.5 point favourites and at home, they’ve covered the spread in 23 of 41 games.
The Hornets have less pressure here since it’s a road game. They too have been in solid form to end the regular season winning 11 of 15 games. Against the Hawks they’ve won 13 of 20 meetings, including the most recent game played in Charlotte by 10 points. This team is very erratic though, they rely way too often on their offence to carry them and when their shooting is off they are in big trouble.
They’ll be without Gordon Hayward in this one, he is most likely going to miss the playoffs if his team makes it there. The defence has been the biggest issue for this team – they rank only 23d in defensive efficiency and allow almost 115 points per game which ranks them 25th. Rebounding is also something that’s derailed their season, they are only 29th in total team rebounding percentage. I’m interested to see if they can clean those things up in Atlanta tonight.
These teams are evenly matched, so experience might come into play and Atlanta is the team that has the advantage in that department. Plus they also have Trae Young who lives for moments like this. He has been clutch his entire career, tonight’s game is another opportunity for him to showcase that. Go with the home team to cover here.
Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Hornets Predictions & Odds
This game has all the elements to be a high scoring one. Atlanta actually has the most efficient offense this season averaging 114 points per 100 possessions, while the Hornets aren’t far behind scoring 111.7 per game which ranks them 6th. They both struggle defensively – Atlanta is just 26th with a 112.1 defensive efficiency, while the Hornets are 22nd allowing 111 points per 100 possessions.
The last time they played in Atlanta the game finished 130-127 in favour of Charlotte, which could be a good indicator of what’s to come in tonight’s game. The total has gone over in 6 of the last 7 Hornets road games and when it comes to head-to-head meetings in Atlanta the total has gone over in 6 of the last 8 games. Pace-wise Charlotte ranks 5th in the NBA and more often than not they rely on their offence to win games.
I think that’ll be their strategy for tonight as well. With them going 23-18 on the O/U in road games and the Hawks have an identical record in games played at home, I think the smart bet here is to go with the over.