Los Angeles Clippers vs Charlotte Hornets betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on NBA TV. After ending their losing streak at Sacramento, the Hornets are aiming to win their 2nd game in a row as they head to crypto.com Arena to face the Clippers. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Clippers
LA won the first meeting over the Hornets 119-117, played earlier this month. It was a total team effort in that game as 6 players scored in double figures, however 4 of those players are all questionable for tonight’s game. The most notable are Paul George and Reggie Jackson, but the most important news is that Kawhi Leonard will be playing. He has upped his play ever since returning from injury, in his last 6 games he’s averaging close to 20 points on 45% shooting, we are close to seeing the old Leonard who dominated the game a couple of years ago. The Clippers have 12 wins in a row against tonight’s opponent, they are also 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games vs teams from the Southeast Division.
The Hornets caught us all by surprise in their game as they beat the Sacramento Kings on the road, ending a long 8-game losing streak. Kelly Oubre Jr. led them with 31 points, while the recently recovered LaMelo Ball poured in 23 points and dished out 12 assists. Moving forward the play of Ball will be key for this team, if they want to move up in the East standings. Road form has been very concerning, they have just 2 wins in 14 games, so their hopes aren’t high ahead of tonight’s game. To make matters worse, Terry Rozier is also questionable with a hip injury, he could join the already ruled out Dennis Smith Jr. and Cody Martin. Against teams from the Pacific Division the Hornets have covered 5 times in the last 16 games.
LA is on a good run in head-to-head meetings, but all win streaks must come to an end at some point. I’m not sure if tonight is the night, but I think the Hornets can definitely keep this game close. Let’s try our luck and back them to cover on the road here.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Charlotte Hornets Predictions & Odds
The Clippers are one of the slower teams in the league, but when challenge they are capable of scoring in bunches. They’ll need all of their offensive firepower in this game to keep up with the Hornets. Charlotte plays the 9th fastest pace in the league averaging 102.5 possessions per game, their biggest problem is the inefficiency on offense and on defense.
They allow an average of 112.3 points per 100 possessions, one of the highest marks in the league. Their win over Sacramento was shocking, but it came down to their offensive execution. With nothing to lose in tonight’s game, I think that will be their approach here as well. The Clippers do rely on their defense to win games, but 2 of the last 3 meetings have gone over the total. I expect fireworks from both teams offensively, so let’s go with the over.