The 14-15 Atlanta Hawks hit the road on Friday night for Charlotte to face the Hornets (7-21) at Spectrum Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM ET between two teams looking to rebound from their respective losing streaks, as Atlanta is on a two-game skid, while the Hornets have lost six straight. Below are my best bets for this December 16th showdown.
Hawks vs. Hornets Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at time of publication
Hawks vs. Hornets Best Bets
Hawks +2.5 (DraftKings -105)
Neither of these teams has been able to notch wins in recent weeks, so this is not the easiest game to predict. However, I’m going with the better shooters. The Hawks boast a 46.3% shooting percentage (20th) while Charlotte sits second to last in the NBA in shooting at 44.4%. Atlanta is also significantly above the Hornets in overall offensive efficiency, who rank 20th to Charlotte’s 30th in that category. G Trae Young seems like the one to step up here with the absence of a few key players for Atlanta, while the Hornets still struggle to put points on the board.
Risk: 1.05 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit (Playable to -120)
Hawks vs. Hornets Game Total Over 240 (DraftKings -110)
Despite their struggles this season, both teams sit in the top half of the league in points scored over their last three games with 116.7 for the Hawks (14th) and 116.3 for the Hornets (15th). Charlotte has surrendered a league-high 131 points per game in their last three contests, while Atlanta is right behind them with opponents dropping an average of 128.3 in the last three outings. They both sit in the top half of the NBA in pace, and Friday night is set up for a high-scoring battle between two desperate franchises.
Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)