Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers / NBA – With defeat by Miami the Hornets dropped chance to reach the eight place in the Eastern Conference, while the 76ers have qualified for the new play-off after a fantastic game with the Bucks. This is going to be heir fourth head-to-head this season and the 76ers won all three played before but none of them by more than three-point difference.
Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers begins 20.03.2019 at 00:00 CET
The Hornets had chance against Miami to come just one step behind the eight place and at the same time to prevent direct competitor to create palpable distance between them. However, their attack felt apart in the last quarter and they lost by sound 75-93. That is why they remained at the 10th place; their score is 31-38 and have two wins fewer than Miami that is the last positioned in the group of first eight teams. The defeat spoiled the impression after important victory over the Wizards, who are another competitor in the race for the play-off.
Total of 168 points is the weakest result in the league this season, just like 75 scored points is the lowest performance of the Hornets this season. We could say that it cannot be worse. It will be even more difficult against the 76ers since the guests are well covered at all positions and it is questionable how strong defence the Hornets can amount (especially for covering Embiid, since centre Zeller is out of action due to injurey). In any case they have to find solution as with new defeat their chances to reach the play-off will significantly decrease.
Probable lineups Charolotte Hornets: Walker, Batum, Bridges, Williams, Biyombo
The 76ers played an excellent game with the Bucks. Centre Embiid marked the victory with 40 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and in that way he “minimised” one of best games in career of the Bucks best player Antetokounmpo who ended the game with 52 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists! The victory cemented the 76ers place in the play-off and now they occupy the third place in the Eastern Conference and have 45 wins and 25 losses (ahead of them are only the Bucks and Raptors).
They still need to win since the Pacers and Celtics breathe down their neck and there is home-field advantage in the play-off’s first round. That is why there is no room for relaxation and Philly needs to continue playing as it did in four previous games, when they won all four of them. It is important that Embiid has recovered and is back on the court (just like his replacement Marjanovic). Butler and Harris should use fact that their counterparts in the opposing team are bit weaker and contribute to their team’s victory.
Probable lineups Philadelphia 76ers: Simmons, Redick, Butler, Harris, Embiid
Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers PICK
Philly won all three games with the Hornets this season but if we take look at the results 105-103, 133-132 and 122-119 it can be clearly seen that their games are always very uncertain (two ended after overtime and in one of them Walker scored incredible 60 points). The Hornets are under huge pressure and that can cost them dearly (we saw that against Miami), which the guests should materialise.
Pick: Moneyline Philadelphia
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