Hornets vs Clippers pits a squad in last place in the Eastern Conference—possibly the worst team in the NBA—against a team that, with better defense, might contend for the championship. Because of their record, which puts them in second place, the Clippers must win in order to raise their difference and move up from seventh place. Los Angeles’ goal is to score and prevent being scored on.
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Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Charlotte Hornets vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Regular Season Game on December 21, 2022
- Where: Crypto.com Arena – Los Angeles, California
- When: Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 10:30 PM E.T.
Betting on the Charlotte Hornets
LaMelo Ball returned, but even with him they couldn’t win. They have had 8 consecutive defeats and although their performance has not been dramatic, they have collapsed in good moments, without the ability to maintain leadership. Charlotte’s mood is very bad.
They fell to the Pistons 121-134 in overtime, although there were times when they had the opportunity to win but couldn’t finish it off. Like against Detroit, they lost leads and lost against the Nuggets, losing 119-115. They are not in the right state of mind right now.
Ball has scored at least 27 points in two games. They have averaged 23.2 points off of offensive rebounds per game, which is helpful, but not enough. First, they must regain their mental strength, since under pressure they become unresponsive.
But after struggling, they managed to end the streak by beating Sacramento 125-119. The Hornets have been brought back to life.
Betting on the Los Angeles Clippers
As we have stated, given their track record, they ought to be considerably higher in the West, but the difference between their low and high scores is the issue. No matter how many victories they rack up, their average is negative (-0.6), which places them below teams with fewer victories than they do.
Kawhi Leonard returned, but Paul George was injured again. However, in their last five games, they have only suffered two defeats. They play well, but the opposition scores too much. Considering this, they must strengthen their defense.
Their last results are low in terms of number of points: Against Minnesota, they won 99-88, against Phoenix they lost 111-95 and against Washington the score was 102-93, barely a game with more than 110 points. They score, on average, 107 points per game, the lowest average in the league.
Los Angeles, we believe, will prevail because Charlotte, who is 3-12 away from home, is unable to do so. The Clippers are a strong team that consistently wins, but if they want to be thought of as title contenders in the future, they will need to improve their scoring and defense.
They are a more complete team, and the Hornets are mentally defeated. Steve Clifford’s team will add another loss to their disastrous record.
Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers Moneyline.
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