Clippers vs Hornets: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 20, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 20, 2021 - Last Updated on March 29, 2021

The Los Angeles Clippers (26-16) host the Charlotte Hornets (20-20) in a matchup of Pacific Division teams at Staples Center, tipping off at 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 20, 2021. The Hornets are 9.5-point underdogs in the game, the first matchup between the teams this season. The matchup has an over/under set at 231 points.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of March 20, 2021, 4:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Clippers vs Hornets Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 20

Clippers:
Serge Ibaka: Day To Day (Back),
Patrick Beverley: Out (Knee)

Hornets:
Cody Zeller: Out (Shoulder)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Hornets (+9.5)
Total Pick Under (231)
Prediction Clippers 117, Hornets 108

The spread for this matchup suggested by the model (8.9 points) is slightly less than the 9.5-point edge FanDuel gives to the Clippers, though the data still has them as the favorite.

The model projects a total 6.2 points lower than the one set by FanDuel for this matchup.

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Clippers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kawhi Leonard 34 26.2 6.4 4.9 1.6 0.5 2.0
Paul George 31 23.1 6.1 5.3 1.1 0.5 3.4
Lou Williams 39 12.2 2.2 3.6 0.9 0.1 1.1
Marcus Morris 32 11.8 3.8 1.1 0.6 0.3 2.2
Serge Ibaka 39 10.9 6.7 1.7 0.2 1.2 1.0

Hornets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Gordon Hayward 36 20.4 5.4 4.1 1.4 0.4 1.9
Terry Rozier 38 20.4 3.8 3.2 1.4 0.3 3.3
LaMelo Ball 40 16.1 5.9 6.2 1.6 0.4 2.0
Devonte’ Graham 30 13.2 2.7 5.3 1.0 0.0 2.8
Malik Monk 27 12.7 2.8 1.8 0.4 0.1 2.1

Shooting Trends

  • The Clippers are shooting 48.2% from the field this season, 0.9 percentage points higher than the 47.3% the Hornets allow to opponents.
  • In games Los Angeles shoots higher than 47.3% from the field, it is 19-7 against the spread and 22-4 overall.
  • Charlotte has a 14-5 record against the spread and a 14-6 record overall when allowing its opponents to hit more than 48.2% of their shots from the field.
  • The Hornets have shot at a 46.4% clip from the field this season, 0.8 percentage points fewer than the 47.2% shooting opponents of the Clippers have averaged.
  • Charlotte has put together a 15-6 record against the spread and a 14-7 straight up record in games it shoots above 47.2% from the field.
  • This season, Los Angeles has a 12-8 record against the spread and a 14-6 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot over 46.4% from the field.
  • The Clippers are making 41.5% of their three-point shots this season, 4.5% higher than the 37% the Hornets allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Los Angeles has a 17-11 record against the spread and a 20-8 record overall when the team connects on more than 37% of its three-point shots.
  • Charlotte is 17-10-1 against the spread while putting up an 18-11 straight-up record when its opponents shoot above 41.5% from three-point distance.
  • The Hornets’ three-point shooting percentage this season (38.4%) is only two percentage points higher than opponents of the Clippers are averaging (36.4%).
  • Charlotte has a 16-7-1 ATS record and is 15-10 straight-up when the team makes more than 36.4% of its three-point attempts.
  • Los Angeles has a 17-9 ATS record and a 20-6 straight-up record this season when it connects on more than 38.4% of its three-point shots.
  • The Clippers’ 14.4 made three-pointers per game this season are just 0.5 more made shots on average than the 13.9 per game the Hornets allow.
  • Los Angeles is 19-10 against the spread and 22-7 overall when it makes more threes than its opponents, while Charlotte is 7-13 ATS and 6-14 straight up in games when it is out-shot from deep.
  • The Clippers are the sixth-best three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Hornets allow the 29th-fewest makes from deep.

Clippers vs Hornets Stat Rankings

Clippers Rank Clippers AVG Hornets AVG Hornets Rank
10th 114.5 Points Scored 112.4 17th
6th 109.6 Points Allowed 113.2 22nd
25th 44.1 Rebounds 44 17th
18th 9.5 Off. Rebounds 10.5 8th
6th 14.4 3pt Made 13.9 8th
20th 24.3 Assists 27.2 3rd
4th 12.4 Turnovers 15 29th

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