Charlotte vs Washington NBA Odds Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on Saturday,December 19, 2015 11:17, EST in

The Eastern Conference in the NBA remains to be incredibly tight, which is good news for the teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. That is where the Washington Wizards are right now, and they will try to edge a little closer on Saturday, December 19 when they host the Charlotte Hornets at the Verizon Center. Tip-off is set for 7 PM EST on NBATV and MyBookie has some NBA betting odds to cash in on the match!

Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards NBA Odds Preview

 

 

The Charlotte Hornets are having a very good start to the season, and are full value for their straight up odds of -105. Washington are desperate to get back into the playoff picture, but will need to overcome a point spread of -1 in this one. A lot of good shooters on display here, which makes the OVER/UNDER a tantalizing bet.

Why bet on the Charlotte Hornets at odds of +1

The Hornets (15-100 broke out of a mini 2-game losing slump with a gutsy 109-99 OT win versus the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, with Jeremy Lin shooting the lights out. That took the Hornets to 6-4 SU in their last 10 games, enough to lift them into the 5th seed in the East. Charlotte has been able to feast on teams who are not playing very well at home this season, going 4-1 ATS versus teams with a home winning percentage of .400 or less. Their last 4 visits to Washington has seen the Hornets cover on each occasion. Charlotte is averaging 102.8 PPG, and are giving up 98.6 PPG.

Why bet on the Washington Wizards at odds of -1

While the Washington Wizards may not be playing their best ball this season, there are a few trends that suggest they might well be worth a look in this one. Let’s start off by looking at their record in Saturday games where they have gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4. The Wizards seem to be a good bet after a SU loss, as they are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when they take a defeat. They are also 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when they failed to cover in their previous game. The main concern here is that they are just 4-7 SU at home this season. Washington is averaging 101.2 PPG on offend while giving up 106.0 PPG defensively.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

You don’t have to go very far back to find the last meeting between these two teams, as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Wizards 101-87 back near the end of November. Perhaps not as comfortable a victory this time around, but I still like Charlotte to get the win.

Charlotte Hornets 106 Washington Wizards 98