Win or Go Home
The Charlotte Hornets will be traveling to Atlanta to face off with the Hawks in the play-in tournament. The loser of Wednesday’s matchup will see their season come to an end. The winner gets to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, the loser of the other Eastern Conference play-in game.
Charlotte ended the regular season on a three-game winning streak. The Hornets are a young team that’s thrilled to be in the playoffs and any further success would be gravy.
The Hawks are a team that journeyed deep in the playoffs last season but didn’t repeat success this regular season. They did win seven out of their last nine games, though. Can they rediscover last year’s playoff magic?
Hornets Must Be Careful Inside
Charlotte has a lot of flashy scoring options. LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges are just a handful of the talented scorers that lead one of the league’s most electric units.
However, their defense could be a concern in this contest.Atlanta’s Trae Young and Clint Capela give opposing teams nightmares in the pick-and-roll game.
The Hornets don’t really have a lot of rim protection outside of Mason Plumlee, who isn’t among the most athletic players in the game today. They allow the sixth-most points per game and the most of any team in the playoffs, so that has to be a concern.
Plumlee is likely to be sought out a lot defensively, if he isn’t able to hold his own against Capela, it could be a very rough day for this team.
Hawks Missing Key Players
There is a chance that Atlanta is missing two very key players for this game. Lou Williams is questionable after missing the team’s most recent game and John Collins is likely out, so keep an eye on the injury news if you bet online.
Williams hasn’t been great on the stat sheet but is always somebody you can count on to go get a bucket. Collins is a much bigger blow, though. He is the team’s second-leading scorer with 16.2 points per outing.
Without Collins, the Hawks are going to have to get creative in their matchup for Bridges, a very athletic and explosive wing that has caused mayhem for opposing teams.
Collins could have squared him up perfectly but they have to look towards Danilo Gallinari and DeAndre Hunter, both of whom have underperformed this season.
Hornets vs Hawks Head-to-Head
These two squads split the season series, each winning two games. Keep in mind that in each of these games, one of the teams scored at least 115 points.
Hornets vs Hawks Game Information
- Game: Hornets (43-39) vs Hawks (43-39)
- Location: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Hornets vs Hawks Betting Lines
Hornets vs Hawks Prediction
It’s hard to guess how these two teams will step forward and play here. The Hawks were in the Eastern Conference Finals last year and are sitting in the ninth seed.
Meanwhile, the Hornets have one of the most electrifying players in the game in Bridges and a superstar in Ball. What does seem a little more concrete is the total.
The NBA odds show the total at 235½ ahead of this game and with the offensive talent that will be on the floor, the over seems to be a great choice for your NBA picks.
With Collins out of the lineup and concerns with Plumlee defensively, both teams could score at will and go over the number in the sportsbook.