Hornets vs Wizards Prediction NBA Picks 3/8/24

Washington Wizards (9-53) vs Charlotte Hornets (15-47)

Game Info: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Charlotte Hornets and the Washington Wizards duke it out at the Capital One Arena on Friday night. Here’s a Hornets vs Wizards Prediction.

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have been in a real slump as they've lost six of their last seven games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a five-game slide after getting routed by the Magic in a 101-89 loss on Tuesday. Vasilije Micic led the team in scoring with 21 points, Brandon Miller and Tre Mann each scored 18 points while Davis Bertans chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Magic in a closely contested first half, but they couldn't maintain that pace in the second half where the Magic started to pull away on the strength of their bench players.

Washington Wizards

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have been absolutely ice-cold as they are riding a terrible 16-game losing streak and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting beaten by the Magic in a 119-109 loss on Wednesday. Jordan Poole led the team with 26 points and five assists off the bench, Kyle Kuzma added 25 points while Deni Avdija chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Wizards shot 45 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the 3-point line as they hit the ground running and poured in 65 points in the first half to lead by as many as 21 points, only to go cold in the second half where they got outscored by 66-44 to suffer another disappointing loss at home where they are now 3-26 on the season. The Wizards will face the Heat and Grizzlies after this game.

Washington Wizards Player Facts

  • Tyus Jones ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assist:turnover ratio (7.3) this season.
  • Kyle Kuzma ranks 26th amongst qualified players for points per game (22.3) this season.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Nick Richards ranks 18th amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (1.3) this season.
  • Miles Bridges ranks 16th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for points per game (21.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent points per game this season (124.6).
  • The Wizards rank 30th in the league for opponent assists per game this season (30.1).
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for point differential per game this season (-10.4).
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for free throws made per game this season (14.7).

Hornets vs Wizards Prediction

The Hornets could be shorthanded here with Tre Mann listed as questionable due to a right groin strain, while the Wizards have ruled out Isaiah Livers and they have Landry Shamet listed as questionable. The Hornets have gone cold again after a short stint of wins, but they will like their chances against this slumping Wizards team who just blew a 21-point lead in their last outing. You couldn't back either team with any confidence these days, but there is just a bit more to like about the Hornets, so I will take the points in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Charlotte +3.5

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