NBA Expert Picks For Charlotte At Washington
As we head into the home stretch of the NBA regular season, there are a pair of very distinct battles going on in the Eastern Conference. The top 4 seeds are decided, but their order of finish is very much up for grabs. With home court advantage so important, getting the top 2 seeds could prove to be critical. The other race is going on in the bottom half of the playoff race, where a bit of a log jam is starting to build up.
Tuesday night will see a team from each of those races go head to head, with the Charlotte Hornets going on the road to face the Washington Wizards. With just a few games left to go, it looks as though Washington are going to slip into either the #3 or #4 spot, although they need to keep picking up wins to keep pace with the Raptors. The Hornets are below the playoff line right now, but are just a single game off the #8 seed. They really cannot afford to take too many losses down the stretch. Find out more about the latest NBA betting predictions here.
In Depth Analysis On The NBA Expert Picks For Charlotte Hornets At Washington Wizards
When: Tuesday, April 4 at 7 PM EST
Where: Verizon Center, Washington
Radio: WFNZ and WFED
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets (26-41) are doing all they can to keep their playoff hopes alive, as they come into this week having won 3-straight. They have now won 7 of their last 10 games, and are the only team currently sitting below the playoff line that are in the positive when it comes to point differential. This winning run now has them within one game of the Miami Heat in the #8 spot, but this game is going to be a bit of a tougher test. The Hornets did beat the Wizards in their last meeting, but lost the two other games prior to that against the Wiz. Charlotte are just 14-24 on the road this season.
Why bet on the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards (46-31) have not been playing their best ball of late, ending last week on a 3-game losing skid that saw them drop down to the #4 seed behind the surging Toronto Raptors. This is not going to be an easy win versus Charlotte, although the Wizards have beaten them the last 4 times they have faced them in their own building. Home court has certainly been kind to Washington all season long, as they have posted a 29-10 record in the Verizon Center. It certainly also helps that the Wizards have been dominant versus teams with a losing record this season, going 30-13 versus that group.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These are a pair of teams in very different runs of form at the moment, and the Hornets also have a little bit of desperation going on. That said, I still believe the Wizards are a little too good for Charlotte, which is why I believe they will get back to winning ways on home court.