Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Predictions, Starting Lineups (3/1/24)

The Charlotte Hornets (15-44) face the Philadelphia 76ers (33-25) this Friday (3/1/24). Get Hornets vs. 76ers moneyline and spread odds, as well as predictions, starting lineups, injuries, and key matchups below.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction

Since Joel Embiid’s injury, the 76ers rank 25th in Defensive Rating and have allowed the third largest restricted area field goal percentage (via NBA.com). Of the 74 players with at least 400 drives, Miles Bridges sits 19th in points per drive. His downhill game will translate well tonight against Paul Reed and company.

Meanwhile, Philly does not deter three-point attempts and can be late on weak side rotations. Bridges, Brandon Miller, Tre Mann, and Grant Williams all have the potential to get hot from deep, so a three-point barrage is in the cards for Charlotte.

Although the offense may be surprisingly solid, the Hornets are a defensive mess. They allow a ghastly 119.3 points per 100 possessions and offer no point-of-attack resistance. Additionally, opponents shred them inside the paint because rim protector Mark Williams remains sidelined. That bodes well for Tyrese Maxey (25.9 PPG), who likely blows past Charlotte’s first line of defense all night. Philadelphia’s outside shooters are in for massive games too against a Hornets squad that cannot closeout well.

Overall, look for both offenses to gain traction here, especially Philadelphia.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction: Over 214 Total Points

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Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Best Odds

Despite missing Joel Embiid, the 76ers enter this contest as 11.5 point favorites. They went 4-8 in February without him, so Philadelphia needs him back on the court. For the Hornets’ +480 moneyline to be profitable in the long run, they need to win here at least 18 percent of the time.

Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup

PG: Tre Mann
SG: Brandon Miller
SF: Cody Martin
PF: Miles Bridges
C: Nick Richards

Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup

PG: Tyrese Maxey
SG: Buddy Hield
SF: Kelly Oubre Jr.
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Paul Reed

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Injuries

LaMelo Ball and Mark Williams remain sidelined for the Hornets, while the 76ers lack Joel Embiid, De’Anthony Melton, Robert Covington, and potentially Kenyon Martin Jr.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Key Matchups

Free Throws

The 76ers are dead last in opponent free throw attempt rate post Embiid injury. An 80% free throw shooter produces 1.6 expected points per trip to the line, which is equivalent to a three-point attempt by a 53.3 3PT% shooter. If Charlotte gets aggressive and exploits Philadelphia’s undisciplined defense, then they will rack up easy points.

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Braxton has been covering the NBA for Lineups since the 2022 season. He's worked with multiple collegiate coaching staffs regarding analytics and scouting, which has allowed him to understand the game on a deeper level. Braxton is also a contributor at Thunderous Intentions.

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