Upcoming Free Picks

Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards,
2-23-2018 - Expert Prediction

This is a past game! View all upcoming NBA games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#805 Charlotte
Hornets
#806 Washington
Wizards

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:05pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Charlotte Hornets

24 - 33

21-32
ATS
28-28
O/U
106
PPG
106
OPPG

Washington Wizards

33 - 24

27-30
ATS
26-29
O/U
107
PPG
105
OPPG

Betting Trends

All NBA

No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for NBA.

A pair of Southeast Division rivals take the floor in the nation’s capital. The Charlotte Hornets are on the road as they travel to face the division leading Washington Wizards Friday night. Charlotte was in action at home Thursday night as they hosted the Nets. Washington was on the road Thursday night as they traveled to face the Cavaliers in a showdown of division leaders. The Hornets hold a 58-50 advantage in the all-time regular season series and took the first two meetings this season, including a 133-109 win at home in the last matchup on January 17.

Charlotte Hornets Look to Close Gap on Playoff Spot

Charlotte was at home as they opened the second half of their schedule against the Nets Thursday night. The Hornets went into Thursday’s game looking to build some momentum as they are 4-6 in their last 10 games: they did win their final game before the break by edging Orlando 104-102 on the road. Charlotte was 10th in the Eastern Conference, 17 games behind the Raptors for the top spot. The Hornets trailed the Wizards by nine games in the Southeast Division and were 5.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Charlotte is 9-18 on the road, 8-4 against the Southeast Division and 13-18 against the East this season.

The Hornets are an average team offensively, ranking 14th in the league with 106 points per game. Charlotte is 3rd in rebounding with 45.6 boards per game and 28th by dishing out 20.9 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 17th in scoring defense by allowing 106.6 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 22.9 points while dishing out 5.8 assists per game. Dwight Howard is averaging 15.8 points plus 12.6 rebounds per contest, Jeremy Lamb adds 13.5 points plus 4.4 boards per game and Frank Kaminsky chips in 10.5 points a night. Cody Zeller, Treveon Graham, Marvin Williams, Dwayne Bacon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk have to be valuable bench contributors. Nicolas Batum, who tore an elbow ligament in early October and missed 14 games, is averaging 12 points plus 4.7 assists per contest. The Hornets are 27th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.2 percent from the floor. Charlotte is 21st with 9.6 threes per game while ranking tied for 14th in three point shooting as they hit 36.2 percent from beyond the arc.

Washington Wizards Play Second Game of Back to Back

Washington plays the second game of a back to back as well after visiting Cleveland Thursday night to start the second half of their schedule. The Wizards are 7-3 in their last 10 games entering that one and had won two straight, including a 118-113 win over the Knicks on the road. Washington was fourth in the Eastern Conference, eight games behind Toronto for the top spot. The Wizards led the Southeast Division by 3.5 games over the Heat and stood five games ahead of the ninth-place Pistons. Washington is 17-10 at home, 6-4 against the Southeast Division and 20-14 against the Eastern Conference this season.

The Wizards are 10th in the league in scoring offense with 107.4 points per game. Washington is tied for 18th in the league on the glass with 42.9 boards per game. The Wizards are 5th with 24.3 assists per game. Washington is 15th in the league as they allow 105.5 points per game on the year. John Wall is second on the team with 19.4 points and 9.3 assists per game. Wall missed three weeks while receiving PRP treatment on his knee earlier this season: he underwent a procedure on his knee on January 31 and could miss up to two months. Bradley Beal averages a team high 23.6 points a game while Otto Porter Jr. (14.4 points, 6.4 boards, 1.57 steals) continues to move along his development curve.  Markieff Morris (10.9 points, 5.6 boards) and Marcin Gortat (8.8 points, eight rebounds) are the other Washington starters and both are capable scoring options in the low block.  Kelly Oubre Jr. (11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds) along with Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott and Tim Frazier will be looked at to contribute off the pine. Washington is 8th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 46.7 percent from the floor. The Wizards are 20th in the league with 9.8 triples a night while ranking 9th in three point shooting. Washington hits 36.9 percent from downtown.

Trends:

Charlotte

  • Hornets are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall
  • Hornets are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest
  • Hornets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record

Washington

  • Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record

Charlotte has to get hot and get help if they hope to make the postseason and that means they have to start winning on the road. That’s something the team has struggled at this season and if they can’t reverse that trend, they can forget about the postseason. Washington is battling to hold the Southeast Division lead and home court advantage for the playoffs at this point. The Wizards have been decent at home this season and in a game where both teams are playing the second game of a back to back, give Washington the edge here as the hosts.

Pick: Washington Wizards -4.5

Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Bank the Bet Podcast
Monday, Sep 24
NFL
#489 Pittsburgh Steelers 51
#490 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1
8:15pm
View Pick
#489 Pittsburgh Steelers 51
#490 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -1
8:15pm
View Pick
MLB
#901 Miami Marlins 8
#902 Washington Nationals -250
7:05pm
View Pick
#913 Houston Astros -185
#914 Toronto Blue Jays 9
7:05pm
View Pick
#915 New York Yankees
#916 Tampa Bay Rays
7:10pm
View Pick
#917 Baltimore Orioles 9.5
#918 Boston Red Sox -225
7:10pm
View Pick
#903 Pittsburgh Pirates 8
#904 Chicago Cubs -155
8:05pm
View Pick
#919 Cleveland Indians -260
#920 Chicago White Sox 8.5
8:10pm
View Pick
#905 Milwaukee Brewers 8
#906 St. Louis Cardinals -170
8:15pm
View Pick
#907 Philadelphia Phillies 11
#908 Colorado Rockies -190
8:40pm
View Pick
#909 Los Angeles Dodgers -155
#910 Arizona Diamondbacks 7
9:40pm
View Pick
#921 Texas Rangers 9
#922 Los Angeles Angels -165
10:05pm
View Pick
#923 Oakland Athletics 8
#924 Seattle Mariners -130
10:10pm
View Pick
#911 San Diego Padres 7.5
#912 San Francisco Giants -130
10:15pm
View Pick
Tuesday, Sep 25
MLB
#955 Pittsburgh Pirates
#956 Chicago Cubs
8:05pm
View Pick
#957 Milwaukee Brewers
#958 St. Louis Cardinals
8:15pm
View Pick
Sunday, Sep 30
NFL
#253 Houston Texans
#254 Indianapolis Colts
1:00pm
View Pick
#257 Buffalo Bills
#258 Green Bay Packers
1:00pm
View Pick
#265 Philadelphia Eagles
#266 Tennessee Titans
1:00pm
View Pick
Thursday, Sep 27
NCAAF
#103 North Carolina
#104 Miami - FL
8:00pm
View Pick
Friday, Sep 28
NCAAF
#105 Memphis
#106 Tulane
8:00pm
View Pick
#107 UCLA
#108 Colorado
9:00pm
View Pick
Saturday, Sep 29
NCAAF
#113 Central Michigan
#114 Michigan State
12:00pm
View Pick
#123 Bowling Green
#124 Georgia Tech
12:00pm
View Pick
#129 Syracuse
#130 Clemson
12:00pm
View Pick
#145 Indiana
#146 Rutgers
12:00pm
View Pick
#173 UL Lafayette
#174 Alabama
12:00pm
View Pick
#189 Oklahoma State
#190 Kansas
12:00pm
View Pick
#211 Arkansas
#212 Texas A&M
12:00pm
View Pick
#143 Virginia
#144 NC State
12:20pm
View Pick
#121 ODU
#122 East Carolina
3:30pm
View Pick
#139 Pittsburgh
#140 UCF
3:30pm
View Pick
#165 Tennessee
#166 Georgia
3:30pm
View Pick
#175 Baylor
#176 Oklahoma
3:30pm
View Pick
#147 Nevada
#148 Air Force
4:00pm
View Pick
#169 Southern Miss
#170 Auburn
4:00pm
View Pick
#209 Michigan
#210 Northwestern
4:30pm
View Pick
#193 Florida
#194 Mississippi St
6:00pm
View Pick
#133 Virginia Tech
#134 Duke
7:00pm
View Pick
#171 Iowa State
#172 TCU
7:00pm
View Pick
#203 Boise State
#204 Wyoming
7:00pm
View Pick
#141 South Carolina
#142 Kentucky
7:30pm
View Pick
#161 Ohio State
#162 Penn State
7:30pm
View Pick
#207 Stanford
#208 Notre Dame
7:30pm
View Pick
#153 BYU
#154 Washington
8:30pm
View Pick
#195 Ole Miss
#196 LSU
9:00pm
View Pick
#213 Oregon
#214 California
10:30pm
View Pick