Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Clippers vs Charlotte Hornets 12/21/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Clippers vs Charlotte Hornets 12/21/22
Wed 21st December 2022

The Charlotte Hornets (8-23, 4-12 Away) will try to overcome one of the NBA’s top shooting defenses when they head to face the Los Angeles Clippers (18-14, 10-7 Home) on Wednesday. Charlotte beat the Sacramento Kings 125-119 at Golden 1 Center on Monday. Kelly Oubre Jr. was the scoring leader with 31 points.

LaMelo Ball chipped in with 23 points and 12 assists. The Hornets are 14th in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles were victorious on Saturday at Arena, beating the Washington Wizards 102-93. Kawhi Leonard had 31 points and nine rebounds, leading the team. The Clippers are seventh in the Western Conference.

It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams. Los Angeles will be looking for a season sweep against Charlotte after triumphing in the only previous matchup 119-117 at Spectrum Center on December 5, their ninth straight head-to-head victory. Oubre Jr. topped all players in scoring with 28 points in defeat.

Paul George had 19 points and seven assists for the Clippers. The Hornets have been led this season by Oubre Jr. and Terry Rozier, who are averaging 21.1 and 20.9 points per game, respectively. Both are among the league’s top scorers, as Oubre Jr. is No. 1 and Rozier is first.

Rozier also has dished 5.5 assists per game, most in the league. Meanwhile, Mason Plumlee is grabbing 9.3 rebounds per game. Marcus Morris Sr. (13.5 ppg), Reggie Jackson (12.4), and John Wall (12.2) have powered the Clips on offense.

Morris Sr. leads the NBA. Wall also has doled out 5.6 assists per game, most in the NBA. Meanwhile, Ivica Zubac has collected 10.8 rebounds per game. Foes are shooting 45.2% from the field against the Clippers, ranking as one of the stingiest FG% defenses in the league (4th).

The Hornets have really struggled in recent visits to Arena, losing each of the last 10.In the last 10 games, Charlotte is 2-8 with an average margin of -7.7 (114.1-121.8). Los Angeles has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 108.8 points per game on average while scoring only 107.1 (-1.7 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
LaMelo Ball: 26.0 | 20.3 | +5.8
PJ Washington: 7.5 | 14.4 | -6.9


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kawhi Leonard: 34.0 | 22.6 | +11.4
Ivica Zubac: 9.0 | 22.0 | -13.0
Points per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 22.0 | 14.0 | +8.0
Reggie Jackson: 8.5 | 12.4 | -3.9
Rebounds per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 8.5 | 5.6 | +2.9
Ivica Zubac: 5.3 | 10.8 | -5.5
Assists per game:
Paul George: 6.7 | 4.9 | +1.8

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

LA Clippers -8.5 (-110)

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