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Hornets vs. Wizards prediction, odds, line: 2022 NBA picks, Jan. 3 best bets from model on 48-24 run

The Washington Wizards welcome the Charlotte Hornets to the nation’s capital for a primetime matchup on Monday evening. The Wizards and Hornets face off in a battle between Southeast Division rivals. Washington is 18-18 overall and 9-6 at home this season, while Charlotte brings a 10-13 road record into the contest. 

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. Washington is listed as a 1.5-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 232.5 in the latest Hornets vs. Wizards odds. Before you make any Wizards vs. Hornets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Hornets vs. Wizards and revealed its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Wizards vs. Hornets:

  • Hornets vs. Wizards spread: Wizards -1.5
  • Hornets vs. Wizards over-under: 232.5 points
  • Hornets vs. Wizards money line: Wizards -120, Hornets +100
  • CHA: The Hornets are 4-0 against the spread in the last four games
  • WAS: The Wizards are 5-1 against the spread in the last six games

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Why the Hornets can cover

Charlotte’s offense has been elite this season. The Hornets are scoring well over 1.1 points per possession, ranking in the top five of the NBA in offensive rating. Charlotte is firmly in the top five in 3-point shooting, making more than 37 percent of long-range shots, and the Hornets also pass the ball well. Charlotte is producing more than 26 assists per game, a top-five mark, and the Hornets are above-average in assist-to-turnover ratio and in overall ball security, committing a turnover on fewer than 13 percent of possessions. 

The Hornets also rank in the top five in fast break points with more than 14 per game, and Charlotte produces nearly 50 points in the paint per contest. Defensively, the Hornets struggle in some areas, but Charlotte’s aggressiveness pays dividends. The Hornets are in the top 10 of the NBA in steals per game, blocks per game, and turnovers created per game.

Why the Wizards can cover

Washington’s offense is playing well in many areas this season, and this is also a juicy matchup for the Wizards on that end of the floor. The Wizards are in the top eight of the NBA in turnovers (13.3 per game), points in the paint (51.1 per game), two-point accuracy (54.7 percent), field goal accuracy (46.7 percent) and free throw attempts (21.4 per game). Washington is also above-average in assists, generating 23.9 per game, and Charlotte’s defense has major flaws. 

The Hornets rank in the bottom five of the NBA in defensive rating overall, showcasing some of their weaknesses. Charlotte is No. 29 in two-point defense and No. 30 in the assists allowed, with opponents also producing a top-five offensive rebound rate against a Hornets team that lacks size and physicality near the rim.

How to make Wizards vs. Hornets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 219 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the model’s NBA picks at SportsLine.

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

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