Wizards vs. Hornets odds, line: NBA picks, predictions from model on 52-37 run

Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets play host to Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards on Friday, with tipoff from Spectrum Center set for 7 p.m. ET. Both teams would be out of the NBA playoff picture if the postseason started now, so a win Friday would be huge. Charlotte currently stands one game back of the No. 8 seed, while Washington is a full three games back. However, the Wizards are riding a two-game winning streak and a victory against Charlotte would keep their playoff hopes alive. Charlotte is listed as a 4.5-point home favorite, while the over-under for total points is 234 in the latest Wizards vs Hornets odds. Before you make any Wizards vs. Hornets picks and NBA predictions, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, is crushing its NBA picks. It entered Week 21 of the 2018-19 NBA season with a sterling 234-178 record on all top-rated picks, returning more than $4,000 to anybody following them. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated NBA picks against the spread, entering Week 21 on a strong 52-37 run. Anybody who has followed it is way up.

Now it has locked in on Wizards vs. Hornets. We can tell you it’s leaning under, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see that selection at SportsLine.

The model is well aware of what a huge impact home-court advantage has had on these teams. Charlotte has been horrendous on the road (9-21), but boasts a respectable 20-14 record at the Spectrum Center. The Wizards have been one of the NBA’s worst road squads, winning just eight of 33 away from home this season. Their 30.3 percent cover rate against the spread on the road is easily the worst mark in the NBA.

The home team is 7-1 against the spread in the past eight meetings between these teams and the Hornets already easily handled the Wizards in Charlotte once, winning by 13 just a couple weeks ago. All-Star starter Kemba Walker put up 27 points and 11 assists in that contest to bring his season averages against Washington to an eye-popping 37 points and eight assists.

But just because Charlotte benefits from home court advantage doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Hornets vs. Wizards spread Friday.

The model is also well aware that Washington has been playing much better than Charlotte lately. The Hornets have won just one of their past six games entering Friday’s action, while Washington has taken down three of its last four. And for all of Charlotte’s success at home this season, the Hornets been pretty beatable in the Spectrum Center lately.

In fact, the Hornets have lost five straight home games entering this one, as they’ve limped to the finish line. And while Washington hasn’t had an answer for Kemba Walker this season, the same could be said for Charlotte’s ability to slow down Bradley Beal, who put up a season-high 46 points against Charlotte in their last meeting.

So who wins Wizards vs. Hornets? And which side of the spread can you bank on in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Wizards vs. Hornets spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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