A pair of Eastern Conference teams take the floor in Buzz City. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they travel down the east coast to face the Charlotte Hornets Saturday night. Philadelphia was in action at home Friday night as they hosted the Jazz in an interconference tilt. Charlotte was pounded 113-89 on the road by the Cavaliers in their last game Tuesday night. The Hornets own a 58-48 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the 76ers have won eight straight meetings. That includes the first two matchups this season, with a 133-132 overtime win at homecoming in the last meeting on November 9.
Philadelphia 76ers Finish Back to Back in Buzz City
Philadelphia was at home Friday night as they hosted the Jazz with their perfect 7-0 home mark on the line. The 76ers now have to head on the road for the second game of their back to back set here and it’s safe to say that the team has had issues as the visiting team. Philadelphia is 0-4 in the second game of back to backs this season and they’ve been hammered in those games. The 76ers are averaging 105.8 points per game in the second game of back to backs, compared to the 112.3 points a night they average during the season. Philadelphia gives up 121.5 points a night in those contests, far over their 112.8 points per game mark they allow overall.
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The 76ers enter this game 10th in scoring offense with an average of 112.3 points per game in the early going. Philadelphia is 3rd in rebounding with 48.8 boards per game and stands 4th in assists with 26.5 per contest. The 76ers are 23rd in scoring defense by allowing an average of 112.8 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 27.6 points plus 13.4 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game and JJ Redick (18.2 points) is also averaging in double figures. Butler puts up 20.6 points, 5.1 boards and 4.1 assists a night with Minnesota and the 76ers this season. Amir Johnson, Markelle Fultz, Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. Wilson Chandler made his season debut against the Pistons November 3 after missing the first nine games of the year with a hamstring injury. Philadelphia is 16th in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.2 percent from the floor. The 76ers are tied for 11th in three pointers per game (11.4) but stand only 20th in three point percentage as they cash in 34.5 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.
Charlotte Hornets Seek to Regroup After Blowout Loss
Charlotte saw their time above the .500 mark come to an abrupt end as they were thrashed by a Cleveland team that entered the contest with one win. The Hornets are 7-7 on the season yet entered Friday leading the Southeast Division by half a game over Orlando. Charlotte was run out of the Quicken Loans Arena early as they trailed by 15 after the opening quarter and never recovered. The Hornets never got closer than 11 over the final three quarters of play. Charlotte shot just 34.7 percent from the field, including a miserable 8 of 41 from three-point range, and was pounded 60-37 on the glass. In addition, the Hornets allowed Cleveland to shoot 52.9 percent from the field, including 13 of 24 from three-point range. Jeremy Lamb led Charlotte with 22 points in the loss. The Hornets are 4-2 ATS at home this season while the over is 3-3 in those games.
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The Hornets are an above average team offensively, ranking 8th in the league with 114.6 points per game. Charlotte is tied for 17th in rebounding with 44.6 boards per game and 8th by dishing out 24.9 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 13th in scoring defense by allowing 109.4 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 26.4 points and 6.3 assists this season. Malik Monk puts up 12.1 points per game while Jeremy Lamb contributes 12.9 points a night while Nicolas Batum chips in 9.7 points plus 6.1 boards a game so far this season. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Miles Bridges, Willy Hernangomez and Tony Parker (10.6 points, 4.2 assists) all have to contribute for Charlotte to maintain their momentum. The Hornets are 12th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45.7 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 5th in the league with 12.4 threes per game while ranking 17th in three-point shooting as they hit 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. Kidd-Gilchrist left Sunday’s game against the Pistons with a sprained ankle and is questionable here.
- Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference foes
- 76ers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 76ers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Charlotte has had three days off to digest that dismal performance in Cleveland and regroup for this one. Philadelphia is logging their second game of a back to back and their third in four nights here. The 76ers are ghastly in the second game of back to backs, turning the ball over 22.3 times per game in those contests. They give up a ton of points in those games and with a shorter rotation at the moment, that’s bad news against a rested opponent. Take the Hornets and give the points in this one.
Prediction: Charlotte Hornets -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Charlotte has been pretty proficient on the offensive end, though you’re forgiven if you didn’t know that after seeing them stink up the place against Cleveland. The Hornets have been good at home and they took Philadelphia to the wire in losing the two games on the road this season, falling by two and then by one in overtime. Philadelphia is trying to figure out the pecking order after acquiring Butler as it has moved Fultz to the bench. The bigger question is, who will Brand pick up to fill the empty roster spot and help the 76ers bench group?
The over is 7-0 in the 76ers’ last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Charlotte has seen the over go 11-4 in their last 15 on three or more days of rest. The 76ers give up a ton of points in the second game of back to backs: that, combined with Charlotte’s already decent offensive attack, means this one goes over the number.
Prediction: Over 227.5