Hornets vs. Wizards Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 2 (Injuries Continue to Curse Charlotte)

Larry Rupp
Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Nick Wass
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Hornets vs. Wizards Game Info

  • Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Coverage: BSSE and NBCS-DC

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Thursday with 11 more games, including a battle between the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets. The Wizards are coming off a tough 113-107 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Kristaps Porzingis shined with 27 points and 19 rebounds, though.

Meanwhile, the Hornets fell apart on defense in a 140-105 loss to the Boston Celtics on Monday. Charlotte was giving up open shots left and right as its opponent 59.1% from the floor and 46.2% from beyond the arc. Jalen McDaniels guided the Hornets offense with 24 points (9-of-12 shooting).

Hornets vs. Wizards Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: WAS: (-154) | CHA: (+130)
  • Spread: WAS: -3 (-110) | CHA: +3 (-110)
  • Total: 224 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Wizards enter this contest as small road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 224 points, which is about average compared to the rest of Friday's projected totals.

Hornets vs. Wizards Betting Trends

  • The Wizards went 32-46-4 ATS last season.
  • The Hornets had an ATS record of 19-14-2 as underdogs of 3 points or greater last year.
  • A total of 45 Wizards games last season hit the over.
  • In 82 Hornets games last year, 41 of them hit the over.

Hornets vs. Wizards Prediction & Pick

Charlotte simply can't keep up with opposing teams right now given the injuries on its roster. Gordon Hayward, LaMelo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. all remain out with injuries. Although leading scorer Terry Rozier is expected to return from an illness on Friday, he could still be dealing with a bit of fatigue.

That gives the Wizards a great opportunity to get back on track with a win. Washington has three players scoring over 20.0 points per game (Porzingis, Brady Beal & Kyle Kuzma) and shoots 47.1% on the road this season (No. 11 in NBA). A few crucial late buckets will be the deciding factor on Friday.

The Hornets are also 2-11 straight up in its last 13 games against an Eastern Conference opponent, so give me the Wizards.

Final Score Prediction: Hornets: 105 | Wizards: 112

Hornets vs. Wizards Best Bet

With each of these squads struggling to pick up wins, the best move is focusing on the point total. This is a slow-down spot for Charlotte as Washington ranks 22nd in pace this season. The Wizards have shown they are willing to work possessions late into the shot clock on both ends of the court.

Keep in mind both of these teams rank outside the top 20 in scoring this year, too. The under has hit in seven of Charlotte's last eight home games. It has also hit the under in eight of the last nine head-to-head meeting between the Hornets and Wizards. Trust the trends and back a low-scoring game.

Bet: Under 224 Points (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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