The Charlotte Hornets head to the Barclays Center to take on the Brooklyn Nets. The game gets underway at 7:30 pm ET on Wednesday, Mar. 4 and will air on SPSO and YES.
The Nets won a close one over the Warriors 110-108 on Monday. Brook Lopez led all scorers with 26 points on 11-for-22 shooting. The Hornets, meanwhile, are coming off a 98-83 win over the Magic on Sunday. Mo Williams played well, posting 23 points and 11 assists to claim his 10th double-double of the season.
Over the last five games, Williams has been on a tear for the Hornets. During that stretch, he has averaged 23.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.8 three-pointers.
This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams. The Nets won the first game 114-87. Deron Williams recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Nets enter the game with records of 25-33 Straight Up (SU) and 29-29 Against The Spread (ATS). They have gone 14-20 SU and 15-19 ATS against teams from the Eastern Conference.
On the other side, Charlotte has a SU record of 24-33 and an ATS record of 27-28-2. In Eastern Conference games, Charlotte has gone 18-16 SU and 17-15-2 ATS. The Hornets rarely make the wrong play with the ball. They have the fifth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the league at 1.8. Charlotte’s defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fifth in the NBA with only 96.8 points allowed per game. The Hornets have established a reputation of cleaning up the defensive glass with 33.9 defensive rebounds per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
Brooklyn won the last meeting this season between these two teams, moving its SU record against the Hornets to 8-2 in their last 10 head-to-head meetings. The Nets also hold the advantage ATS with a record of 6-4. Brooklyn held the edge in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers four times in the last 10, while Charlotte wasn’t able to do so in that span.
Predictions: SU Winner – CHA, ATS Winner – CHA
Brooklyn scores an average of 96.5 points per game (ranked 23rd), while Charlotte gives up 96.8 points per game (ranked fifth).
On average, Brooklyn scores 96.6 points per home game (ranked 24th), while Charlotte gives up 97.0 points per away game (ranked fourth).
In contests where it has given up fewer than 100 points, Brooklyn has a 19-14 record. When Charlotte puts up fewer than 100, it is a subpar 11-26.
The Brooklyn Nets have an underachieving 6-19 record in games where they have allowed at least 100 points. The Charlotte Hornets are 13-7 when they hit triple digits.
The Nets have an offensive rating of 100.8 (ranked 22nd). The Hornets rank eighth for their defensive rating of 100.2.
Brooklyn averages fewer possessions per game than Charlotte, with 95.7 compared to 96.6. However, the Nets score an average of 1.008 points per possession, more than the .977 that the Hornets score.
Brooklyn has an average effective field goal percentage of 49.0%. Charlotte is a subpar 5-19 when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage.
On average, the Brooklyn Nets make 20.5 assists per game and the Charlotte Hornets make 20.4. Brooklyn is ranked 24th, while Charlotte is ranked 26th.
The Brooklyn Nets average 4.3 blocks per game for a rank of 23rd. The Charlotte Hornets rank higher (seventh), earning 5.5 blocks each contest.
Brooklyn is ranked 25th when it comes to offensive rebounding. Charlotte ranks fifth in defensive rebounds.
The Charlotte Hornets average 6.0 steals per game. When giving up 5 or more steals, the Brooklyn Nets have a poor record (20-32) this season.
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