76ers vs Hornets Prediction - NBA Picks 12/16/23

Charlotte Hornets (7-14) vs Philadelphia 76ers (15-7)

Game Info: Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets +9.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Hornets collide at the Spectrum Center on Saturday night. Here's a 76ers vs Hornets prediction.

Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have been in red-hot form as they've won seven of their last nine games overall and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after making light work of the lowly Pistons in a 124-92 win last night. Joel Embiid led the way with 35 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, Tyrese Maxey added 19 points while Marcus Morris chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the 76ers shot just 41 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with a dominant 35-17 second quarter, before they made another run in the third quarter to push the lead out to 41 points at one stage.

Philadelphia 76ers Player Facts

  • Joel Embiid ranks 1st amongst qualified players for points per game (33.8) this season.

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Charlotte Hornets

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in a real slump as they've lost seven of their last nine games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling short to the Pelicans in a 112-107 loss last night. Terry Rozier led the team with 30 points and six assists on 11 of 25 shooting, Miles Bridges added 27 points with 10 rebounds while Brandon Miller and Nick Richards each scored 16 points. As a team, the Hornets shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 37 points in the third quarter to erase an early 13-point deficit, only to allow the Pelicans to take the game away with a pivotal 13-4 run at the start of the fourth quarter.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Hornets have missed the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons - longest active streak in the NBA
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for H1 win percentage this season (17.4%).
  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+10.2).
  • The 76ers rank 1st in the league for steals per game this season (9.0).

76ers vs Hornets prediction

The 76ers are starting to heat up again as they've reeled off five straight wins and they took care of business early last night which allowed them to rest their starters early. Meanwhile, the Hornets have been in poor form, they just got beaten by the Pelicans and they have lost three of their last four home games. The line is hefty, but the 76ers are in great shape and I think they stay hot with another win and cover on the road.

Peter’s Pick Philadelphia -9.5

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