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Clippers vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Los Angeles Clippers at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Monday, December 5th
- Betting Odds CHA +3, LAC -143 | CHA +119 O/U 217.0
So far, the Clippers have put together an overall record of 13-11, while going 11-12-1 vs the spread. Over the Clippers current 2 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -20.0 points per game.
Not only did the Clippers drop their last game to the Kings. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 123-96 as 3 point underdogs. Los Angeles struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 22 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Brandon Boston Jr. led the team in scoring with 18 points on a field goal percentage of 46.2%.
So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 7-16, while going 10-11-2 vs the spread. Looking back on Hornets’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 1-2 while averaging 106 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.
Not only did the Hornets drop their last game to the Bucks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 105-96 as 2 point underdogs. In the loss, Charlotte got off to a slow start, trailing by 11 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Terry Rozier, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 47.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the Clippers and Hornets played 2 games against each other, with Los Angeles coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 120-106, while adding a 120-115 victory in game 2. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Clippers averaged 117.5 points per game vs Charlotte, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Hornets actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Los Angeles, the team averaged 98.0 points per game. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Clippers have averaged 116 points per game compared to 96 for Charlotte. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Los Angeles. A combined average of 212 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Clippers come into today’s game as the 30th ranked scoring offense at 106.7 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Los Angeles offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 20th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Against the Hornets, the Clippers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 11th ranked unit at 108.39 points per game.
Smart bettors will be keeping a close eye on the injury report for this matchup, as Clippers are in jeporady of not having two of their top scorers availble vs the Hornets. Right now, Norman Powell is already listed as out, while Paul George is questionable. For the season, Norman Powell is 2nd on the team in scoring and 95.0th in the league at 14.82 points per game. As long as he is able to play, Paul George will look to be even more assertive on offense. In his 16 games, he has accounted for 21.6% of the team’s field goal attempts and is 24th in the NBA in usage rate. Overall, he is averaging 23.62 points per game for Los Angeles.
The Hornets come into today’s game as the 27th ranked scoring offense at 109.0 points per game. So far, Charlotte is averaging 101.2 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. If the Hornets are going to turn things around on offense, they must improve their overall shooting efficiency. In particular, the 3-point shot has been problematic for the unit, as they are just 29th in 3-point shooting percentage.
Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Hornets offense has primarily worked through Kelly Oubre Jr. and P.J. Washington who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 23 games, Oubre Jr. is 49th in the NBA at 19.78 points per game. so far, him and Washington have accounted for 33% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 35.21 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, P.J. Washington is grabbing 4.74 rebounds for Charlotte to go along with 2.17 assists.
Clippers vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Clippers -3.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under 217.0