Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets / NBA – Fierce battle rages in the Eastern Conference for reaching the play-off. The Wizards and Hornets currently occupy the 10th and 11th places but their backlog behind 8th-placed Miami is definitely reachable. That is why their head-to-head is immensely important for both teams, and if we take into account their current shape we could say that the Wizards are favourites to win.
Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets begins 16.03.2019 at 00:00 CET
Many had already written off the Wizards after their best player Wall was seriously injured and from before the team’s first centre Howard was out of action due to injury. However, the Wizards didn’t surrender and they still hope to reach the play-off. Realistically, they are not without chances as they occupy the 11th place with score 29-39, while 8th-placed Miami is not far with score 32-35. They will play 14 more games by the end of regular season and many things can change in that time.
The Wizards won last two games (against tough Sacramento and Orlando), where victory over the team from Florida is very important since Orlando currently occupies the 9th place and is direct competitor to the Wizards in the race for the play-off. The Wizards made a great job when they brought Ariza, Portis and Parker as all three have seamlessly fit into the team. Their bench is good and the Wizards’ reserves had outplayed the Orlando’s by even 59-20.
Probable lineups Washington Wizards: Satoransky, Beal, Ariza, Green, Portis
The Hornets have defeated the Wizards two times this season, both times at home, however, they lost the only duel played in Washington. They are not in the best possible shape since they lost two games in a row, and they lost seven of last 10 games. Besides, they are not very successful outside their arena since they won only nine out of 32 games. The Hornets currently occupy the 10th place in the Eastern Conference having score 30-37.
Many saw them in the play-off this season but ever weaker form has removed them from first eight teams, and how they play right now it is more likely that Miami, Orlando and the Wizards will reach the play-off than they. Several days ago they won the Wizards 112-111 playing excellent defence on Beal, while small forward Williams played the best game this season scoring 30 points out of which 7 three-pointers. This is going to be their third game on tour in a row. They have problems with injuries of several players (Kidd-Gilchrist, Batum, Zeller…).
Probable lineups Charlotte Hornets: Walker, Lamb, Bacon, Bridges, Hernangomez
Washington Wizards vs Charlotte Hornets PICK
The Wizards play five games at home and they won first two. In total, their score at home is 21-12, which is the sixth best in the East. We expect to play accordingly and win the game. They won the first home game with the Hornets too.
Pick: Wizards -3.5 points
Odds: 1.92 at betsson (down to 1.83 can be played)
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