Charlotte And Detroit Are Smart Eastern Conference Bets For Friday

Friday, March 8, 2019 3:41 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 8, 2019 3:41 PM UTC

The Hornets are in desperate need of a home victory against a Wizards team that has struggled all season on the road, while Detroit looks to continue it's winning ways.

<h2 style="text-align:center">Washington (22-37 SU, 29-35 ATS) at Charlotte (29-35 SU, 29-33-2 ATS)</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Friday 7:00 P.M. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Hornet ATS<br />Best LIne Offered: <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3570039, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>On Friday night, the <a href="" target="_blank" title="Washington - Charlotte Betting Odds">Hornets will host the Washington Wizards</a> (27-37), who are two games behind Charlotte (29-35). This is the first of two remaining games between the teams, so Washington can make up that ground without any outside help. Washington has won three of its past four. Charlotte has lost nine of 12 and has developed a habit of slow starts. The Hornets had allowed 30-plus points in the first quarter in nine consecutive games before giving up "only" 29 to Miami.</p><p>One of the Hornets' three victories in its 12-game slump came against the Wizards, 123-110 in Charlotte, N.C., on Feb. 22, as both teams returned from the All-Star break. Washington won the first meeting of the season, a 130-126 result at home on Dec. 29.</p><p>This meeting could be quite of duel of All-Star guards. Beal scored 46 in the loss to Charlotte, while Hornets' guard Kemba Walker poured in 47 in the loss to the Wizards. Walker has scored 74 points in two games against Washington this season and his nightly production of 25.0 points per game is almost a given, but Charlotte also has been getting the best totals of the season from backup center Frank Kaminsky.</p><p>The fourth-year pro had appeared in only five games this calendar year before coach James Borrego moved him ahead of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk in the rotation on March 1. Kaminsky, who was looking for a contract buyout last month, is averaging 17.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 25 minutes in the past three games.</p><p>This game is probably lost before it starts for Washington because they have been absolutely atrocious on the road this season. The Wizards are just 10-23 ATS on the road, <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NBA Picks">which makes the Hornets an easy play for bettors</a>.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Wheels up to Charlotte! 🛫&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DCFamily&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;7 de março de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Detroit (32-31 SU, 31-31-1 ATS) at Chicago (19-47 SU, 30-34-2 ATS)</h2><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Friday 8:00 P.M. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Pistons ATS<br />Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Sportsbook!">Bovada</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3570041, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Pistons are coming into tonight’s NBA action as one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Detroit has won 10 of its last 12 games to move past the .500 mark (32-31) for the first time since Dec. 19. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Detroit - Chicago Betting Odds">The red-hot Pistons will face Central Division foe Chicago</a> twice in three days, beginning with a Friday night matchup at the Bulls' United Center.</p><p>Griffin scored in single digits for the first time since Nov. 9 on Wednesday as the Timberwolves held him to nine points on 4-for-13 shooting. But that didn't stop the Pistons' offense, as they piled up 109 points in the final three quarters of a 131-114 win over Minnesota.</p><p>Griffin has scored 20 or fewer points in six of the last seven games, yet the Pistons are 6-1 during that stretch. The more diverse attack has led to a better vibe around the team and the franchise. The Pistons are angling for just their second postseason berth since 2009.</p><p>Chicago has won just 19 games, but six of them have come during its last nine outings. Small forward Otto Porter Jr. is averaging 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 10 games since he was acquired from Washington. While the Bulls have played better with Porter on the court this season, they are still, under-maned going up against Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">Detroit is also a fairly competent 15-15 ATS on the road this season</a> and will be a good bet going into Chicago’s United center.</p>
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