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Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards Pick & Prediction JAN 3TH 2022

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Logo Charlotte Hornets
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226.5
OPENNER
-1

229o -111
CURRENT
-2 -110

+113
MONEYLINE
-133

121
SCORE
124

The Washington Wizards have lost three of their last four games, so it might look like they're in a slump.

The last time the Charlotte Hornets faced a team amid a similar stretch, it wasn't good for them.

The Hornets make the trip to take on the Wizards on Monday night in Washington.

The Hornets were rolling with a three-game winning streak before a 133-99 home loss Sunday night to Phoenix, which arrived with losses in three of its past four games. So now it's a quick turnaround, which might be a good thing considering Charlotte wasn't up to speed after a three-day layoff.

"We move on," Hornets coach James Borrego said. "We have another one (in 24 hours)."

The Wizards fell 120-119 on Saturday to the visiting Chicago Bulls. That gives Washington losses in four of its last five home games.

"It's a tough one," Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said.

Washington has had three straight games with at least five players absent because of the NBA's health and safety protocols. They were without seven players for their most-recent game.

Yet Unseld said there's enough firepower on offense for the Wizards to succeed.

"We've continued to move the ball," Unseld said. "We've been attacking a little bit more. Our aggression has been good for us. ... Stay in attack mode. That doesn't mean you have to force it."

Unseld said the Wizards have played at a better pace. He said taking off in transition can provide a boost for Washington especially if those situations come naturally.

Borrego said the Hornets should be well-aware that there will be no smooth sailing in the NBA.

"You come in here comfortable thinking you've won three in a row; that's just not happening in this league," he said. "We have to respond (in Washington)."

Part of the adjustment for the Wizards comes with using Bradley Beal in a different role. Even as one of the NBA's top scorers, Beal has been called upon to be a point guard with the revamped lineup.

"He had a big game. He was able to facilitate," Unseld said after the game vs. Chicago. "We ask him to do a lot. Facilitate, keep guys organized, try to make plays and score. I think he did a terrific job."

Beal played nearly 43 minutes. Unseld said he trusts the guard to take on the expanded responsibilities.

"He's going to make the right read," Unseld said. "He's going to see what's open. He's unselfish. It generates a lot of offense for everyone."

Charlotte has defeated the Wizards in both meetings so far this season. The most-recent matchup was a 109-103 outcome Nov. 22 in Washington. That came less than a week after the Hornets' 10-point home victory.

The Hornets remained without forward PJ Washington because of COVID protocols Sunday, although they got starting forward Miles Bridges back into the lineup after a two-game absence.

Over the weekend, the Wizards signed guard Tremont Waters to a 10-day contract under the NBA hardship exception provisions.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Charlotte Hornets
114
116
Washington Wizards

Charlotte vs. Washington Recap MAY 16TH 2021

Bradley Beal made a go-ahead layup with 2:53 remaining as the host Washington Wizards posted a 115-110 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday to secure the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Russell Westbrook collected 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists and Beal added 23 points in his first contest after a three-game absence for the Wizards.

Robin Lopez posted 18 points and Rui Hachimura had 16 for Washington (34-38), which will visit the seventh-seeded Boston Celtics in the play-in round on Tuesday. Charlotte (33-39), which owns the No. 10 seed, will face the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

After leading 110-109 with 3:12 to play, the Hornets went through a scoring drought for the rest of the game.

The Hornets have a five-game losing streak for the first time this season despite Terry Rozier's 22 points and LaMelo Ball's 19 points. Miles Bridges had 17 points, Devonte' Graham added 15, Jalen McDaniels notched 13 and P.J. Washington and Cody Zeller both finished with 11.

Beal, who is the league's second-leading scorer, missed his first six shots from the field. In the first half, he was 2-for-11 with three fouls. He shot 8-for-27 for the game.

Charlotte used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to build a 15-point lead. That vanished when the Wizards went up 99-97 on Hachimura's 3-pointer with 7:16 to play.

The Hornets held a 16-point lead in the first quarter. The margin was down to 56-52 by halftime as Charlotte cooled off and made only two of 12 attempts from 3-point range in the second quarter.

It was a strange start for Charlotte, which has been mostly a sluggish team at the beginning of games. The Hornets were coming off Saturday's overtime road loss to the New York Knicks, while the Wizards hadn't played since Friday night.

Washington began the second quarter on a 13-4 run.

Charlotte made 22 of 24 free throws in the game.

--Field Level Media

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