Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks NBA Pick – Play-In Round

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball on April 13. Two play-in tournament games are on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Charlotte Hornets and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Charlotte finished out the regular season with a record of 43-39, which had them earn the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets won three games in a row to close out the regular season, but had lost two in a row before that. Charlotte will look to build on that momentum in this one. I expect the Hornets to come out quickly on the road.

The Hawks put up a record of 43-39 throughout the regular season, which had them finish in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. Atlanta grabbed a win to close the regular season and won seven of their last nine. The Hawks will look to step up quickly in this one. I expect Atlanta to try and grab an early lead at home as they try to keep their playoff hopes alive.

These two teams had the same record throughout the regular season and will look to earn a win in this one. The winner of this game will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers for a chance at the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Both teams will look to remain hot in this one. If either team can come out quickly, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Charlotte Hornets +5 (-110) +170 Over 236 (-110)
Atlanta Hawks -5 (-110) -200 Under 236 (-110)

 

Team Data Charlotte Hornets Atlanta Hawks
Overall Record 43-39 43-39
Away/ Home Record 21-20 27-14
PPG 115.3 113.9
PPG Away/ Home 117.2 116.7
PAPG 114.9 112.4
PAPG Away/ Home 117.7 111.7

Betting Trends

Charlotte Hornets

  • 46-34 ATS this season
  • 28-24 ATS as an underdog
  • 23-17 ATS in road games
  • 3-2 ATS in April
  • 8-5 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 8-7 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 11-3 ATS after a divisional game
  • 12-10 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 4-8 ATS after three or more straight wins
  • 24-15 ATS against team with a winning record

Atlanta Hawks

  • 36-45 ATS this season
  • 25-27 ATS as a favorite
  • 22-18 ATS in home games
  • 3-2 ATS in April
  • 4-8 ATS when playing on two days rest
  • 7-8 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 10-18 ATS after non-Conference game
  • 11-11 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 4-5 ATS after scoring 130 points or more
  • 15-26 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up four times on the season. Clint Capela put up 20 points and 15 rebounds in the first game as the Hawks won 115-105. Miles Bridges dropped 32 points in the second meeting as Charlotte won 130-127. Trae Young scored 30 points in the third game to lead Atlanta to a 113-91 win. LaMelo Ball had 22 points and 11 assists in the fourth matchup as the Hornets earned a 116-106 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Hornets have been solid shooting the ball on the season. Charlotte has shot 46.8 percent from the field, which is 11th in the league. The Hornets have made 36.5 percent of their shots from deep, which is 6th in the NBA. Charlotte has drained 74 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 27th in the league this season.

Atlanta has been strong shooting the ball throughout the season. The Hawks have made 47 percent of their shots from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. Atlanta has been shooting 37.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 2nd in the league. The Hawks have sunk 81.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 4th in the NBA.

The Hawks have the edge shooting the ball on the season, but Charlotte has a slight edge on defense. The Hornets have held their opponents to a 46.6 percent from the field, which is 20th in the NBA. Atlanta has allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.1 percent from the field, which is 23rd in the league. Both teams will look to step up on defense early in this one.

Top Performers

Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball have been the leaders for the Hornets on the season. Bridges is averaging 20.2 points and 7 rebounds per game. Ball has averaged 20.1 points and 7.6 assists per game. Terry Rozier is averaging 19.3 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 15 points. Montrezl Harrell is averaging 11.4 points per game. P.J. Washington has averaged 10.3 points per game.

Trae Young has been strong for the Hawks throughout the season. Young has averaged 28.4 points and 9.7 assists per game. Bogdan Bogdanovic is averaging 15.1 points, while De’Andre Hunter has averaged 13.4 points. Kevin Huerter is averaging 12.1 points and Danilo Gallinari has averaged 11.7 points per game. Clint Capela rounds out the lineup, averaging 11.1 points and 11.9 rebounds.

These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. Charlotte is missing Gordon Hayward for this one, which hurts their lineup, while John Collins is out for Atlanta. The Hawks have a true number one option in Trae Young though. Atlanta will look for Young to come out strong as they try to keep their season alive.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win as they try to clinch a spot against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eighth seed. Both teams split the regular season series and will look to step up early. I think that the Hawks have the edge with Young and the better offense. If Atlanta can grab the early lead, I like their chances to earn the win.

Bovada has the Hawks listed as a -5 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Atlanta on the road in this one. I think that this line is accurate with the Hawks having more experience in the playoffs. Atlanta has the better superstar, which could shift the tides late. As slight favorites in this one, I like the value on the Hawks.

The Bet
Atlanta Hawks -5
-110
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.

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