Free NBA Picks Today: Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns 3/1/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns 3/1/23
Wed 1st March 2023

The Phoenix Suns (33-29, 12-19 Away), one of the NBA’s top scoring defenses, travel to face the Charlotte Hornets (20-43, 11-18 Home) on Wednesday. Phoenix was edged out by the Milwaukee Bucks 104-101 at Fiserv Forum on Sunday.

Devin Booker was the scoring leader in the losing effort with 24 points. Deandre Ayton was another standout performer with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. The Suns are the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Charlotte won their fifth in a row on Monday at Spectrum Center, beating the Detroit Pistons 117-106. Terry Rozier had 22 points to lead the team in scoring. With 15 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists, Mark Williams also played a part. The Hornets are the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The teams are meeting for the final time this season. Phoenix will be looking for a season sweep against Charlotte after taking the only prior matchup 128-97 at Footprint Center on January 24, their fourth straight head-to-head victory.

Cameron Johnson led the Suns with 24 points. Rozier had 19 points in the loss. The Suns have been led this season by Ayton and Mikal Bridges, who are averaging 18.4 and 17.2 points per game, respectively. Ayton also has grabbed 9.9 rebounds per game, while Bridges has dished 3.6 assists per game.

Rozier’s 21.4 points per game have powered the Hornets on offense. Rozier also has doled out 4.8 assists per game. Mason Plumlee has posted 9.7 rebounds per game.

The Suns are one of the top scoring defenses in the league, ranking fifth with 111.3 points per game allowed. The Suns have had the advantage in the last 10 games at Spectrum Center, winning six. Charlotte has won four in a row at home this season.

Phoenix is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.2 (111.4-110.2). Charlotte has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 117.1 points per game on average while scoring only 116.0 (-1.1 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Terrence Ross: 16.7 | 11.6 | +5.0
Cameron Payne: 11.5 | 19.2 | -7.7
Points per game:
Cameron Payne: 8.0 | 11.9 | -3.9
Rebounds per game:
Torrey Craig: 7.6 | 5.8 | +1.8


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Gordon Hayward: 32.8 | 22.1 | +10.7
Points per game:
Gordon Hayward: 21.8 | 14.2 | +7.6
Kelly Oubre Jr.: 13.7 | 19.7 | -6.0
Rebounds per game:
Mark Williams: 10.4 | 6.0 | +4.4

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Phoenix Suns (-105)

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