Charlotte Hornets Vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Predictions, Starting Lineups (2/25/24)

As winners of four of their past five games, the Charlotte Hornets continue their west coast road trip against the Portland Trail Blazers. Can the Hornets grab a fifth win in their past six outings, or will the Blazers spoil their run at home? Find our through our Charlotte Hornets vs. Portland Trail Blazers prediction, betting picks, and in-depth analysis below!

Charlotte Hornets Vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction

The Charlotte Hornets ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, losing by 13 points and snapping their four-game winning streak that raised quite a few eyebrows.

Still, this game had some positives, with the most obvious being that the Hornets held the Dubs to merely 97 points, their lowest-scoring output of the entire 2023-24 campaign thus far. That’s right, the LaMelo Ball and Mark Williams-less Charlotte Hornets held the Golden State Warriors to their lowest point total of the whole season. And it was on Golden State’s home floor!

While we saw a lot of negative offensive regression, which was to be expected (the Hornets weren’t suddenly going to drop 110-120 points every game), the Hornets still competed defensively. That could come in handy against this Blazers squad that is missing nearly a handful of key players, including Shaedon Sharpe, Malcolm Brogdon, Scoot Henderson, and Robert Williams III.

Portland has gotten drubbed in five consecutive home games, while the Hornets have actually shown some life recently. This is not a game to overthink; take the points with Charlotte.

Charlotte Hornets Vs. Portland Trail Blazers Prediction: Charlotte Hornets +3.5 (-115)

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Charlotte Hornets Vs. Portland Trail Blazers Best Odds

 

 

The Charlotte Hornets, who have won four of their past five games, are only three-point road dogs against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Charlotte has Moneyline odds of +124 to log another impressive February win, while the Blazers are -148 favorites to win their 16th game of the 2023-24 regular season. So far this season, the Hornets are a league-worst 9-18 against the spread as a road team, while Portland is 11-16 ATS at home.

Additionally, the point total for this East Coast versus West Coast showdown holds steady at around 219.5 points, with -110 odds on both sides (Over and Under.) The Blazers have an Over record of 26-29 this season, while the Hornets have a .500 Over record (28-28.)

Charlotte Hornets Starting Lineup

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

Portland Trail Blazers Starting Lineup

PG: Anfernee Simons
SG: Kris Murray
SF: Toumani Camara
PF: Jerami Grant
C: Deandre Ayton

Charlotte Hornets Vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injuries

Davis Bertans (knee) joins LaMelo Ball (ankle) and Mark Williams (back) on the Charlotte Hornets’ injury report for Sunday’s game against Portland. Bertans hyperextended his knee in a recent game against the Utah Jazz. Ball and Williams could be back at some point in March, but it is still to be seen whether the Hornets actually bring them back this late in the season, with re-injury risk on the table.

The Portland Trail Blazers also have significant injuries to key players, including Malcolm Brogdon, Scoot Henderson, Robert Williams III, Shaedon Sharpe, Moses Brown, and Rayan Rupert. All of the aforementioned players have been listed as out for this matchup against Charlotte.

 

 

North Carolina Sports Betting Update

A little over two weeks separates us from North Carolina sports betting, which will launch in the Tar Heel state on March 11th, right before the start of March Madness. And it could hardly be a more optimal year, too, as Wake Forest, N.C State, UNC, and Duke could all make the NCAA Tournament this season!

Last week, we took a few more steps forward to ensure a clean launch, including some approved actions. This will allow North Carolina to remain on track for an online sports betting launch a few days before March Madness!

Eight operators are also expected to be approved and ready to launch on March 11th, including Bet365, BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, ESPN Bet, Fanatics, FanDuel, and Underdog.

Find the projected first-time user promotions and reviews for a few of these sportsbooks below, including DraftKings North Carolina, Bet365 North Carolina, BetMGM North Carolina, FanDuel North Carolina, and Caesars North Carolina.

Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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