The Charlotte Hornets (30-41), 1-point favorites, will travel to Barclays Center to square off with the Brooklyn Nets (23-48). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 223 points and it will air on YES Network at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
In their last matchup, the Nets barely escaped the Memphis Grizzlies, 118-115, while the Hornets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 108-94.
The Nets made 30 of their 40 free throws (75.0 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.611 (above their season average of 0.508). Charlotte, on the other hand, did a terrific job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (24-30; 80.0 percent). Brooklyn rallied around Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kemba Walker, meanwhile fueled Charlotte with 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Second-chance opportunities might be hard to come by for Brooklyn in this battle. The Nets currently rank 16th in offensive rebounding percentage (21.9 percent), while Charlotte ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage (80.9 percent). The Hornets should have an advantage in terms of ball protection. They rank 2nd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.1 percent). Conversely, the Nets force the fewest turnovers in the NBA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 11.8 percent).
Games including the Hornets have a slight tendency to go over the total (50.7 percent). Charlotte heads into the game with records of 30-41 straight up (SU) and 28-39-4 against the spread (ATS).
In opposition of Charlotte, games featuring the Nets have a slight tendency to go under the O/U total (53.5 percent). Although Brooklyn has a hard time winning games outright (23-48 SU), they have a solid record ATS (40-30-1).
Hollis-Jefferson has really been playing well as of late for Brooklyn, averaging 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists over the last five games.
The Nets evened the season series at one with a 125-111 victory in their most recent matchup. Hollis-Jefferson recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Nets’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Hornets. Brooklyn had a rate of 23.1, while Charlotte posted a mark of 15.0. The two teams combined for 236 points, which was well over the projected point total of 217, and Brooklyn covered as an 8-point underdog.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets Free Pick
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Over
- The Hornets rank 19th in blocks allowed per game (5.0) while the Nets rank 27th (5.6).
- Charlotte ranks first in second chance points allowed per game (10.3) while Brooklyn ranks 26th (13.5).
- The Nets rank second in three pointers attempted per game (35.1) while the Hornets rank 22nd (26.9).
- Brooklyn ranks eighth in assists allowed per game (21.7) while Charlotte ranks 25th (24.7).
- Brooklyn ranks 18th in fast break points per game (10.5) while Charlotte ranks 27th (9.3).
- The Hornets rank fourth in rebounds per game (44.9) while the Nets rank 28th in rebounds allowed per game (46.3).
- The Hornets rank second in steals allowed per game (6.4) while the Nets rank 16th (7.8).
- Charlotte averages 43.4 points in the paint per game, which ranks 21st in the league. Brooklyn ranks 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.5).
- Charlotte ranks second in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.2) while Brooklyn ranks 24th (17.6).
- In games where they allow under 100 points, Brooklyn is 12-1 and Charlotte is 10-3.
- In games where they reach the century mark, the Hornets are 29-19 and the Nets are 19-32.
- Charlotte is 12-20-3 ATS on the road, while Brooklyn is 17-17-1 ATS at home.
- The total has gone under in 20 of the Nets’ 35 home games, while 17 of the Hornets’ 35 road games have gone over.
- In their last five games, Charlotte and Brooklyn are both 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- During their last five games, the Hornets have scored an average of 112.2 points per game (5.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 116.6 points per game (8.7 above their season average).
- The Nets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.0, up from 4.1 for the season.