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Eastern Playoff Contenders Square Off as Hornets Visit Nets

Brooklyn Hoping To Stave Off Charlotte In Standings

Teams that would be involved in an Eastern Conference play-in tournament if the season ended today square off on Sunday when the Brooklyn Nets host the Charlotte Hornets. Brooklyn is sitting in eighth place in the East, one game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. Charlotte is one game behind the Nets but one game ahead of the 10th-place Atlanta Hawks. These teams have plenty of firepower and this should be quite a game, but before you bet online on this contest check out our preview.

Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and NBA odds for Hornets vs Nets. We have plenty of predictions for you to consider.

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Hornets Putting It Together On Road

The Charlotte Hornets have played their last five games at home – going 4-1 – but in their last three contests as the road team, they won all three. Now they start a span of four of their next five games on the road, so they’re hoping to continue that success against some teams that are among the playoff field in the East right now.

A big key will be the play of guard LaMelo Ball, who has been averaging 21.0 points over his last 10 contests. Ball is second on the team in scoring at 19.8 points per game while also averaging 6.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, but he must stay aggressive without playing out of control.

The Hornets are at their best when they can get out and run, and that suits forward Miles Bridges perfectly, as he can finish on the break with the best of them. Bridges leads the Hornets with 20.0 points per game while also averaging 7.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

Guard Terry Rozier can also walk the fine line between being aggressive looking for his shot and being too aggressive with it. Rozier is averaging 19.7 points and can be a streaky shooter from outside. He’s been good lately, though, shooting 46.9% from 3-point range this month and hitting at least two 3-pointers in every game in March, including going for 30 with five 3-pointers in a loss to Brooklyn nearly three weeks ago.

Nets Starting To Look Like Title Contenders

All the troubles the Brooklyn Nets have had with injuries and COVID-19 restrictions are starting to fade, as the team is looking more and more like one that could make a championship run. Brooklyn is coming off a rout on the road of the then-East-leading Miami Heat on Saturday night, with five players scoring in double figures.

“I thought there was a lot of force and purpose offensively,” Nets coach Steve Nash said of Saturday’s win. “We didn’t take things for granted.”

One thing that guard Kyrie Irving won’t take for granted is the chance to play at Barclays Center, which he’ll do for the first time this season. New York’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted on Thursday, giving Irving the ability to play in every game for the Nets now. Irving had just 11 points on Saturday, but he’s averaging 27.7 points this season.

Kevin Durant is leading the Nets with 29.5 points per game to go with his 7.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He looks more relaxed having Irving on the court with him, as defenses have more to think about than just stopping the All-Star forward.

Center Andre Drummond had a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday’s win over Miami. Drummond is averaging 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds in 16 games with the Nets since coming to the team in the deal that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets Head-to-Head

The road team has won the first two meetings between these squads, with the Brooklyn Nets taking a high-scoring victory earlier this month, 132-121. The Charlotte Hornets won the first matchup of the season way back in October.

This season’s results are the complete opposite of the 2020-21 games, where the home team won each time. Brooklyn is only 16-19 at home this season, but those were all without Irving, so it makes sense that the NBA lines for this one favor the Nets.

Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets Game Information

  • Game: Charlotte Hornets (38-36) at Brooklyn Nets (39-35)
  • Location: Barclays Center
  • Day/Time: Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass

Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets Betting Lines

Charlotte Hornets at Brooklyn Nets Prediction

The Charlotte Hornets have a number of offensive weapons and should be able to keep up with the Brooklyn Nets for a while in this one. But Brooklyn is looking like it’s coming together just in time for the postseason, and we have a hard time picking against Irving and Co. in his first home game of the season.

When doing your NBA betting, take Brooklyn to win and cover at home.

Pick: Brooklyn Nets -7 (-110)

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