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Los Angeles Clippers at Charlotte Hornets odds, picks and prediction

Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is guarded by Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) as he drives to the basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers (46-23) will visit the Charlotte Hornets (33-36) on Thursday night as the NBA season winds down. Tip-off from Spectrum Center will be at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Clippers-Hornets odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.

The Clippers have already clinched a playoff spot and currently sit third in the Western Conference. But they’re just one game ahead of the fourth-seeded Denver Nuggets.

They’ve won three of their last four after dropping three straight, with their only loss since May 4 coming against the Knicks on Sunday.

The Hornets have locked up a spot in the play-in tournament but won’t be able to earn a playoff berth as they’re five games behind the sixth-place New York Knicks.

Charlotte has sputtered as of late, though, dropping its last two games and going just 4-6 in its last 10 games. Having PG LaMelo Ball back from injury helps and should give the Hornets a boost on Thursday.

Clippers at Hornets: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:12 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Clippers -350 (bet $350 to win $100) | Hornets +275 (bet $100 to win $275)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Clippers -8 (-110) | Hornets +8 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 222.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Clippers at Hornets: Key injuries

Clippers

  • C Serge Ibaka (back) out

Hornets

  • SF Caleb Martin (thumb) questionable
  • SF Gordon Hayward (foot) out
  • SF Miles Bridges (health and safety protocols) out
  • SF Cody Martin (ankle) out

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Clippers at Hornets: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Clippers 110, Hornets 105

Money line (ML)

The Hornets want to go into the play-in tournament playing better than they currently are. But snapping their two-game losing streak will be difficult to do against the Clippers, who own the fourth-best record in the NBA.

I like the Clippers to win this game, but with a money line of -350, it’s too chalky for me so I would PASS.

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Against the spread (ATS)

Each team is 2-1 ATS in its last three games, but the Clippers have been especially cold when it comes to covering lately.

They’re just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games and have only scored more than 109 points twice in that stretch.

I would bet the HORNETS +8 (-110) to cover the spread and keep this game close.

Over/Under (O/U)

The Clippers offense has sputtered in the last few weeks, causing the total to go Under in eight of their last nine games.

The Hornets are still without Hayward and Bridges, and though Ball provides a spark on offense, I still don’t think this will be that high-scoring of an affair.

Bet the UNDER 222.5 (-110) tonight.

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