Atlanta Hawks vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Pick – January 9

The NBA is set up with another great Saturday of action this week. Eight games are up on the board throughout January 9. One of these games will be between the Atlanta Hawks and the Charlotte Hornets. These two teams have struggled a bit early in this season and will look to turn it around with a win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Atlanta has earned a record of 4-4 so far this season, which has them sitting in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have lost three games in a row coming into this one and will look to turn it around with a win in this one. Atlanta has struggled after a 4-1 start to the season and will look to knock off Charlotte to get back over .500.

The Hornets have put up a record of 4-5 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has won back to back games coming into this one and will look to keep it going in this one. The Hornets played last night and have played three games in the last four nights. Charlotte will need to try hard to avoid coming out tired in this one.

These two teams have struggled a bit throughout the early portion of the season, but still have time to get in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Hawks are coming off a loss to the Hornets in their last game, while Charlotte played last night. Atlanta will look to come out quickly in this one to try and tire out this Hornets squad.

Previous Matchups

The Hawks and the Hornets met up twice throughout last season. Charlotte hosted the first game on December 8. Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington each scored 20 points for the Hornets on the night. Trae Young finished with 30 points and 9 assists. Jabari Parker added 19 points to help lead Atlanta to a 122-107 win in this one.

The second meeting of the season series was on March 9 in Atlanta. Terry Rozier put up 40 points, while Devonte’ Graham dropped 27 points and 10 assists. Caleb Martin had 23 points off the bench, which was not enough. Trae Young scored 31 points and 16 assists and John Collins finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Cam Reddish added 22 points off the bench as the Hawks won 143-138.

The first meeting of this season’s series was on January 6 in Atlanta. John Collins scored 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kevin Huerter added 19 points for the Hawks, but it was not enough. Gordon Hayward scored 44 points. Devonte’ Graham and Terry Rozier both added 14 points of their own to help lead the Hornets to a 102-94 win.

The Hawks were able to sweep the season series last season with two high scoring wins. Charlotte was able to win the first game of this seasons series. The Hornets needed a career night from Gordon Hayward to earn the win. Charlotte will look to repeat that success with a win this one. If the Hawks can bounce back in this one though, they should be able to dominate the Hornets.

Top Performers

Trae Young has helped lead this young Hawks team this season. Young is averaging 26 points and 8.5 assists per game this season. John Collins has averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. De’Andre Hunter is averaging 16 points per game, while Kevin Huerter has averaged 12.5 points per game. Bogdanovic and Cam Reddish have averaged 10.5 points per game. Clint Capela is averaging 10 points and 13 rebounds per game.

Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier have helped lead this young Hornets team this season. Hayward has averaged 22.5 points per game. Rozier is averaging 20 points per game. LaMelo Ball has averaged 12 points per game off the bench. Devonte’ Graham is averaging 11 points, while P.J. Washington has averaged 10.5 points per game this season.

These two teams have had players step up early in this season. The Hawks have a very young and talented team and they will look for those players to step up on Saturday night. Charlotte has a young team as well, but it has been their veterans who have stepped up this season. The Hornets will look for their young players to step up as well to give them the edge.

Field Goal Shooting

Atlanta has been around middle of the league shooting the ball this season. The Hawks have been able to make around 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 16th in the league. Atlanta has shot 36.2 percent from behind the arc as well, which is 15th in the NBA. The Hawks have made 52 percent of their shots from in close, which is 16th in the league.

The Hornets have not been great at shooting the ball early in the season. Charlotte has made around 43.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the NBA. The Hornets are also shooting 35.5 percent from deep, which is 18th in the league. Charlotte will look to build on this as they enter Saturday’s matchup with the Hawks.

These two teams have not been great shooting the ball this season. The Hawks have been the better shooting team and better on defense. Atlanta has held their opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.9 percent from the field, which is 5th in the league. The Hawks have also held opposing teams to a 30 percent from deep, which is 3rd in the NBA. If Atlanta can play well on defense early, it should shut down Charlotte.

Pick Overview

The Hawks have had back to back days off, while Charlotte is coming into this game after playing three games in four days. I believe that this will give Atlanta a big edge in this one. The Hawks will look to bounce back after losing against the Hornets in this one. I think that Atlanta will come out strong and take over early in this one.

BetOnline has the Hawks listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Atlanta on the road in this one. I agree with this line as the Hornets are coming into this one after not a lot of downtime. If the Hawks can assert the pace early in the matchup, they should be able to earn a big win against this Charlotte team.

Atlanta Hawks -4
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.