Wednesday’s NBA play-in tournament action starts from the Eastern Conference with No. 10 seed Charlotte visiting No. 9 Atlanta. The loser’s season is over and the winner advances to the final play-in game Friday.
Both teams finished the regular season with a 43-39 overall record, and finished ninth and tenth in the conference, respectively. The winner of the contest between the Hawks and Hornets will move on to face the loser of the play-in game between the No.7 Brooklyn Nets and No. 8 Cleveland Cavaliers. The winner of that game will face No. 1 Miami in the first round of the playoffs.
Atlanta and Charlotte split four regular-season meetings and haven’t played since a 116-106 Hornets home victory on March 16 behind LaMelo Ball’s 22 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Hawks star Trae Young had 15 assists but was held to a season-low nine points on 3-of-12 shooting and the Hornets doubled-team him whenever possible. This season, Young became just the second player ever to lead the league in both points and assists in the same season. Tiny Archibald also accomplished the feat during the 1972-73 season. His matchup against Ball should be terrific.
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Hornets vs. Hawks Game Information
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- When: Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: 610 AM WFNZ (Hornets) / 92.9 The Game WZGC FM (Hawks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Hornets (+4.5) / Hawks (-4.5)
Why Bet on the Charlotte Hornets?
Of course, Atlanta surprisingly reached the Eastern Conference Finals last year while Charlotte is in the playoffs – although technically this isn’t the playoffs – for the first time since 2016. There is one key injury for each team.
For the Hornets, former All-Star forward Gordon Hayward will miss this week’s play-in tournament and is out indefinitely because of ongoing discomfort in his left foot. The Hornets announced over the weekend that Hayward, who has appeared in only one game since Feb. 8, had his foot placed in a cast and will be reevaluated in approximately two weeks. Hayward, 32, averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in 49 games this season. He’s clearly done for the season even if Charlotte advances.
While the Hawks obviously are glad to be at home, Charlotte was surprisingly solid on the road this season (at 21-20, better than the playoff-bound Bulls and Jazz) and won in Atlanta earlier this year without Ball and Terry Rozier. Charlotte is a terrific offensive team and their firepower was a catalyst in them winning 15 of 23 games following the All-Star break, including three straight and 11 of 14 to cap off the regular season. After starting just 19 of the 66 games he played in 2020-21, Miles Bridges has emerged as the Hornets’ leading scorer this season at 20.2 PPG.
Why Bet on the Atlanta Hawks?
Overall, Young averaged 28.4 points and 9.7 assists, finishing fourth in scoring and third in assists. Young has a reputation for being an excellent high-volume 3-point shooter — he’s sixth in the East with 8.0 attempts per game with a 38.2% clip — but he’s not Atlanta’s only deep threat. The Hawks are second in the NBA in 3-point percentage (37.4%) and have 10 players with at least 100 3-point attempts.
Atlanta forward John Collins hasn’t played since March 11 due to a plantar fascia tear in his right foot and also a finger injury. Collins hasn’t been ruled out Wednesday yet but it seems unlikely that he plays. He averaged 16.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 54 games this year. Danilo Gallinari has been starting in his spot.
The Hawks compiled a 27-14 record at State Farm Arena during the 2021-22 regular season, tied for the third-best home record in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has won 19 of its last 22 games played inside State Farm Arena. The club’s 19 home wins are the most in the NBA over that time. Over the Hawks’ last 22 home games, the team is averaging 121.4 PPG and 26.8 APG (.498 FG%, .389 3FG%, .829 FT%).
Overall, Atlanta has covered in five of its past six games at home down the stretch, with wins over the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets.
Hornets vs. Hawks Betting Trends
- Hornets are 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 games as a road underdog.
- Hornets are 20-8 ATS in the last 28 Wednesday games.
- The total went over in 4 of the Hornets’ last 6 games.
- Hawks are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 home games.
- Hawks are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 games overall.
- The total went under in 4 of the Hawks’ last 5 games.
Hornets vs. Hawks Expert Betting Prediction
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