Hornets Defense To Slow 76ers Friday

The Hornets send a swarm of defensive strengths primed to disrupt and slow the favored 76ers Friday night. Free NBA pick on this Eastern Conference tussle, complete with betting tips and trends here.

Hornets at 76ers (-6, 225.5)

Line Movement:

The public has shifted the spread a full point from -5 to -6 in favor of the 76ers as of Friday morning. Nearly 76 percent of bets across the top online sportsbooks are backing Philadelphia. Sharps are the reason for the northerly trend in the total. The number is up to 225.5 from a 223.5 initial offer, though just 36 percent of wagers is supporting the OVER.

Tips & Trends:

Charlotte (6-5 SU, 7-4 ATS) owns a surprisingly good defense, yielding 107.5 points per game, seventh fewest in the NBA. It does three things well: slow assists (22.7 per game), force turnovers (15.5), and limit rebounds (51.1). The Hornets rank in the top 10 in the league in each category.

Where Philadelphia (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) will struggle against the visiting defense is on the boards. The Sixers need the put-back prowess of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and others to be successful, as their perimeter game is so-so.

Philly has scored just 108, 109, and 100 points in its last three games against foes (Bucks, Pistons, and Pacers) allowing as few rebounds per game as Charlotte. Its 39.3 points in the paint average in these contests is well shy of an already pedestrian 43.0 per game clip for the season.

The Hornets, meanwhile, are posting 108.5 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting as the betting underdog to begin 2018.

It’s a race to 110 points for the winner, and we’re not sure either team reaches the mark.

Score Prediction: Sixers 109-106

Pick: UNDER 225.5

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