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Hornets vs. Trail Blazers Predictions, Odds, Preview

Mar. 1, 2021
by Jonathan Willis
NBA Expert

The Portland Trail Blazers needed the weekend off to recuperate. Portland didn’t play on Saturday or Sunday, and that’s a good thing considering this team lost four games in a seven-day stretch last week.

That has the Blazers sitting at 18-14 with three games before the All-Star Game this coming weekend. They will start a three-game homestand prior to the break against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

Hornets vs. Trail Blazers Betting Resources

Betting Odds - Hornets vs. Trail Blazers

Line Movements

Subject to Change

  • Spread: Trail Blazers -6
  • Money-Line: Portland -240, Charlotte +200
  • Total: 233

The Hornets travel to Portland with no rest on Monday night looking to knock off the Blazers. (AP)

Hornets vs. Trail Blazers Current Form-Last Game

Charlotte has alternated wins and losses for three weeks. The Hornets have been unable to get over the hump and back to .500, and they haven’t been dead even in the standings since mid-January. However, that will change if they can break out of this recent trend on Monday as the Hornets are 16-17.

The Hornets would be the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference if the season were to end today. There is a lot of volatility in the middle of the pack though as just 1.5 games separate the current No. 4 seed New York Knicks from the current No. 10 seed Chicago Bulls.

On Sunday night, Charlotte knocked off Sacramento 127-126 in a thriller. P.J. Washington exploded for 42 points on 15 of 23 shooting, and Malik Monk and LaMelo Ball both finished the night with over 20 points too.

Monk was the hero as he capped off the Hornets’ 39-point fourth quarter with a driving layup that drew contact and converted the free throw with 1.4 seconds remaining to give Charlotte the one-point win.

Teams that live and die by the three-pointer tend to be streaky. We’ve seen that from Portland over the last three weeks as the Blazers won six games in nine days in the middle of February, but that was followed by a four-game losing streak in the span of seven days immediately afterwards. The Blazers are looking to end their slide at home on Monday night.

Portland could only muster 93 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. The Blazers had a small lead at halftime, but they scored just 36 points in the second half in a 102-93 defeat. Damian Lillard had 35 points on 11 of 24 shooting, yet the rest of the team went 21-59 from the floor and 6-24 from beyond the arc.

Hornets vs. Trail Blazers Head-to-Head

  • Jan. 13, 2020 - Blazers 115 vs. Hornets 112, Charlotte +9, Over 215.5
  • Mar. 3, 2019 - Blazers 118 at Hornets 108, Portland -2.5, Over 224.5

(SU-Straight Up, ATS - Against the Spread, OU - Over-Under)

Charlotte Hornets Betting Outlook

Inside the Stats (2020-2021)

  • Overall: 16-17 SU, 18-14-1 ATS, 18-14-1 OU
  • Road: 7-9 SU, 9-7 ATS, 12-4 OU

Ball is currently the heavy favorite to be the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year. Ball was the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, but he has outperformed Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman. The youngest Ball sibling might be the best of the bunch, as he is averaging 15.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 6.3 APG as a rookie. His shooting percentages aren’t great, as he is knocking down 44.1 percent of his field goals and 35.3 percent of his threes, but that is an improvement from what we saw from Ball during his time with the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks.

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