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Hornets vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Charlotte Hornets at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Friday, February 24th
- Betting Odds MIN -7.5, CHA +238 | MIN -297 O/U 240.0
So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 17-43, while going 24-31-5 vs the spread. Across the Hornets 2 game win streak, they have an average scoring margin of 8.0 points per game.
The Hornets will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Spurs by a score of 120-110. Heading into the game, they were 5 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Charlotte held just a 3 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 10 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was LaMelo Ball, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 38.5% of his shots.
The Timberwolves come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-30. So far, the team has gone 29-32-0 against the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
The Timberwolves are coming off a dissappointing 114-106 loss to the Wizards. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 3 points. Minnesota went on to lose the game despite leading by 8 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Anthony Edwards, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 42.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Hornets picked up the win 110-108 win over the Timberwolves. Heading into the game, Charlotte was the 6.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Hornets averaged 126.5 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Hornets saw a boost in scoring, the Timberwolves averaged 120.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Charlotte. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Hornets have averaged 123 points per game compared to 113 for Minnesota. This has led to an ATS record of 4-0-1 for Charlotte. The over-under record in these same games is 4-1, with the teams combining for an average of 236 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Charlotte offense is ranked 24th in the NBA in scoring at 112.5 points per game. When looking at the Hornets pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.7. However, they have not been able to pair this up-tempo speed with overall scoring efficiency, as they are just 15th in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Terry Rozier leads the Hornets in scoring at 21.8 points per game, placing him 35th in the NBA. Overall, Rozier has hit 41.9% of his shots while accounting for 20.9% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 22nd in points allowed to point-guards. At 15.2 points per game, P.J. Washington is the 2nd leading scorer for the Hornets. For the season, he is 239th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.2%.
Coming into today’s action, Minnesota is averaging 115.7 points per contest. This figure places them 10th in the league. In terms of pace, the Timberwolves are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.2 possessions per game. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 9th team in made field goals per contest.
Against the Hornets, the Timberwolves will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 24th in points allowed.
On offense, Anthony Edwards leads the Timberwolves in scoring at 24.9 points per game, placing him 22nd in the NBA. Overall, Edwards has hit 46.4% of his shots while accounting for 22.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 22nd in points allowed to shooting guards. At 11.0 points per game, Jaylen Nowell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Timberwolves. For the season, he is 192nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.7%.
Hornets vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 240.0