The Washington Wizards will visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, 2nd December, at the Spectrum Centre in Charlotte.
The last time the two teams played against each other was on 20th November, and the Wizards won by 106:102. In the past ten years, the two teams have come face-to-face 43 times, out of which the Hornets have won 25 times, and the Wizards have won 18 times.
Let’s look at the recent performance of the two teams in the NBA season and assess what could be the outcome of the game on Friday.
Charlotte Hornets Statistics
The Charlotte Hornets are 13th in the Eastern Conference and have won only 6 of the 21 matches played in the season. The team lost to Boston Celtics by 105:140 on Monday, 28th November. Before it lost against the Celtics, the team had managed two back-to-back wins against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. The Hornets’ win against the Timberwolves was remarkable as it put together a strong game plan to defeat a team riding on a five-game winning streak.
The Hornets score an average of 109.40 points per match and are ranked 24th in the NBA. The lead scorer for the team is Terry Rozier averaging 20.5 ppg and 5.6 assists. Their field goal percentage of 44.38 puts them in 28th spot, while their assist-to-turnover ratio puts them in 18th place in the NBA. If the team wants to improve its winning record, it will have to put up a better show in terms of offence. One major concern for the team is injuries in its line-up. Hornets lead scorer Terry Rozier, L. Ball, and D. Smith Junior are doubtful for the game, while C. Martin and J. Hayward are out for the game.
In terms of defence, Charlotte has a yield average of 114.15 points per game, earning them 16th place in the league. In addition, they are the second-best team in terms of three-point percentage on the defensive end.
Washington Wizards Statistics
Washington Wizards are 7th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 11 wins and 10 losses. The Wizards will play the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday before coming into Friday’s game. The team won against the Minnesota Timberwolves by 127:142 on the 28th breaking its three-game losing streak.
The Washington Wizards have a scoring average of 108.95, putting them in the 27th spot in the NBA. The lead scorer for the team is Bradley Beal averaging 23.5 points per game and 5.6 assists. He is followed by Porzingis, who averages 21.4 points per game.
The Wizards have a conceding ratio of 110.85, the 10th-best in the league. In terms of field goal percentage, the team is the 5th best in the league, with a percentage of 45.02.
Washington Wizards Vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction
Friday’s match is bound to be an exciting one. The Hornets may have a better record against the Wizards, but the Wizards have won all the last three matches played between the two teams. Washington’s team is also looking better in ranking and season record.
The Hornets may have a better scoring average, but with the plethora of key injuries, it is doubtful they will be able to earn a high score while their defence is already lagging. Hence the probability of the Wizards winning this one is higher unless the Hornets throw a surprise as they did for the Timberwolves.