Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game. The Washington Wizards look to even the regular season series against the Charlotte Hornets as the two teams meet tonight in Washington. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Charlotte’s 5 game win streak came to an end over the weekend as they lost 115-105 at Atlanta. Now the road trip continues against a team they’ve already beaten 97-87 last week on their home floor. Miles Bridges stepped up in the loss to Atlanta with 35 points, LaMelo Ball had another triple-double, but the Hornets’ lack of defending cost them the game. Right now this team ranks only 21st in defensive rating, tonight’s game against the Wizards will be a big test for them as they’ve allowed over 100 points in 3 of their last 4 games. The Hornets have done well in head-to-head meetings beating the Wizards in 7 of the last 10, they’ve also covered the spread in 5 of the last 6 between the two teams.
Washington bounced back after two losses against the Hornets and the Heat with a 103-100 home win over Miami on Saturday. Bradley Beal had 21 points to lead the way, but the game was won on the defensive end as the Wizards held Miami to just 25% shooting from three-point land. With a 7-1 record at home the Wizards are among the toughest road games for any team in the NBA right now. They also have an adjusted net rating of +3.6 points through the first 16 games of the season, which ranks among the top of the NBA. New head coach Wes Unseld has prioritized defense and so far it’s working, but it remains to be seen if this kind of effort on that end of the floor is sustainable in the long term.
It’s hard to overlook the Wizards home form here, the comeback win over Miami showed this team has character when playing at the Capital One Arena. Charlotte has won only 3 times in their last 13 visits to Washington. Give me the Wizards to cover here.
Washington Wizards – Charlotte Hornets Odds
Washington Wizards – Charlotte Hornets Predictions
Washington -3.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The game played on Wednesday between these two sides finished with a 97-87 score as the two teams shot just 43% and 36% from the field. Washington’s three-ball shooting was a disappointing 8-for-42, but playing at home I expect that to go up tonight. The Charlotte defense over the past 2 weeks has been bad, they rank only 28th in the league in defensive rating over that time period. They’ve allowed 115 and 118 points in their last 2 games against Atlanta and Indiana. Despite those trends though, 5 of their last 6 games have finished under the total. Looking at head-to-head meetings between the two sides the under has landed in the last 3 games and in 7 of the last 10 played between them. In the 3 most recent meetings the two teams are averaging only 209 points between them. Washington’s last 5 home games have all gone under the total with their opponents averaging only 96.2 points per game. All signs point to a low scoring affair here, so let’s back the under.
Under 216 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365