The Charlotte Hornets (21-39) will be at home in the Spectrum Center when they meet the San Antonio Spurs (25-34). Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southwest.
San Antonio Spurs at Charlotte Hornets Betting Preview
In the Spurs’ last outing, they lost to the Indiana Pacers, 116-111, despite being 4-point favorites. Trey Lyles had a good game for San Antonio, recording 20 points and six rebounds. Indiana held the Spurs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.1 (below their season average of 20.2). San Antonio, meanwhile, was lights out from beyond the arc (16-32; 50.0 percent). The two teams combined to score 227 points, which came in just over the O/U total of 224.5.
Although the Hornets were topped by the Milwaukee Bucks in their last game, 93-85, they did cover as 13.5-point underdogs. With 10 points and 13 rebounds, Charlotte’s Willy Hernangomez had a solid outing. Milwaukee did a fantastic job of making free throws (16-21; 76.2 percent). Charlotte, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.1 vs. 14.3). The two squads combined to put up 178 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 218.
Getting to the line might be few and far between for San Antonio in this matchup. The Spurs rank 12th in the NBA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.203, while Charlotte ranks first in FTA rate allowed (0.159).
Of San Antonio’s 58 games with betting action, 35 have finished over the projected point total, while 32 of Charlotte’s 60 games have finished under the projected point total. The Spurs hold the clear advantage straight up (SU) (25-34 vs. 21-39), but the Hornets have been superior against the spread (ATS) (29-29-2 vs. 23-33-2).
These two clubs have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 204 points in that game, which was under the projected point total of 214.5. The Spurs won 114-90, covering as 9-point favorites. The Spurs dominated every stat category in the game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.4 and a free throw rate of 0.161. The Hornets recorded marks of 16.1 and 0.120, respectively, for those same stats. Cody Zeller had a double-double in the loss, with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Spurs vs. Hornets Prediction
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Under
San Antonio ranks 13th in assists per game (24.5) while Charlotte ranks last in assists allowed per game (26.5).
Charlotte ranks 22nd in points in the paint per game (46.7) while San Antonio ranks 29th (43.3).
The Hornets rank 21st in points off turnovers per game (16.0) while the Spurs rank 26th (14.8).
San Antonio is 14-14-2 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is 11-14-2 ATS at home.
Charlotte is 3-2 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Across its past five outings, San Antonio is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Hornets’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 13.4, up from 7.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spurs have scored an average of 108.8 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 114.6 points per game (0.1 above their season average).