Charlotte Hornets (6-5) vs Philadelphia 76ers (6-5)Date : 11/09/2018
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Wells Fargo Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Charlotte Hornets vs Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to end their homestand with a win as they will host the Charlotte Hornets in an Eastern Conference matchup. The 76ers came into the season with high expectations but they have yet to reach them as they are sitting just above .500 while the Hornets are one of those teams who are between a fringe playoff team and tanking.
Charlotte Hornets's Latest Performance :
The Hornets have been one of those teams over the last few years that has refused to sell their assets and start from scratch and we have seen them flirt around the 8 seed in the East as a result, but things are looking up for the Hornets this year as they are sitting above .500 in a weak Eastern Conference. The Hornets are receiving most of their production from one source and that is superstar Kemba Walker who is averaging 28 PPG and 5.8 APG. Walker has accelerated his level of play to another step this season with one of the reasons being he is in a contract year. Coming along nicely for the Hornets has been their 2nd year SG Malik Monk who is averaging 13.4 PPG off the bench. The Hornets were able to compile a nice win in their recent 11/6 matchup at home against the Atlanta Hawks as they put up 113 points. As expected Kemba Walker led the way with 29 points and 7 assists but they also received a nice game from a very unlikely source as Marvin Williams (6.5 PPG) scored well above his scoring average as he dropped 20 points.
Philadelphia 76ers's Latest Performance :
The 76ers have been slated as one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference this year but they have yet to show us exactly why they are the favorites as they are playing average basketball at best. The amazing young duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons has led the way for the 76ers as Embiid is putting up MVP type numbers as the center is averaging 28.4 PPG as well as 12.6 RPG and the start PG Simmons is averaging just shy of a triple-double with his numbers sitting at 13.9 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 7.5 APG. One guy that the 76ers want to get going is Dario Saric who is averaging 9.8 PPG in the 29.1 minutes, but Saric in the past has shown the ability to be a double-digit scorer which is essential if the Sixers want to right the ship. The 76ers want to put a recent matchup against the Brooklyn Nets in the rearview mirror as they got smashed on the road 112-97. The 76ers received a good game from their young duo as Simmons and Embiid combined for 36 points and 27 rebounds but aside from them, the starters saw little production. Robert Covington is supposed to be one of the better 3 and D wings in the league but he was only able to drop 4 points in 29 minutes of playing time. Landry Shamet has been a pleasant surprise off the bench for the Sixers and the rookie showed the ability to score in the Nets outing as he contributed 12 points.
How Charlotte Hornets & Philadelphia 76ers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Charlotte is 7-3 ATS, 3-2 ATS on the road.
Philadelphia is 4-7 ATS, 4-2 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Charlotte ranks 9th in the NBA in team scoring as they are averaging 115.7 PPG while Philadelphia ranks 14th where they average 111.6 PPG.
Charlotte ranks 6th in the NBA in team defense as they are allowing opponents to score an average of 108.1 PPG while Philadelphia ranks 18th where they allow an average 112.9 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Philadelphia 76ers
My reason for the pick :
On paper, the Charlotte Hornets are looking better than the 76ers as they rank higher in most major statistical categories but realistically we know these two teams should be heading in opposite directions come March. The 76ers have little to no turnover from their solid 2017 season and they should only be better considering the youth movement has gained more and more experience. I expect the 76ers to use the month of November to get back on track and try to climb back into the top 3 of the Eastern Conference. Embiid and Simmons should have a big game as the Hornets don’t have the size to matchup on this young duo and we should see a good game out of the Sixers bench who should outplay a shallow Hornet bench. The Sixers have made their money at home this season as they have played well in Philly and expect that trend to continue today.
Betting trends for Charlotte Hornets:
- Charlotte is 7-3 ATS when facing an Eastern Conference foe.
Betting trends for Philadelphia 76ers:
- Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS when they have 1 day off.