The Hornets are likely to be the popular choice in this NBA betting game since Washington is struggling this season and now has to deal with the Gilbert Arenas situation.
Basketball betting has seen New Orleans and Washington split their last ten games overall but the Hornets are only 3-7 against the NBA betting odds. These two teams played twice last season and the Hornets won both games although they were 1-1 against the NBA betting odds. New Orleans won 109-98 at Washington covering the spread and 97-85 at home but failing to cover the big number. The win for the Hornets last year at Washington was the first in the last five trips to the nation’s capital. Five of the last seven games in this basketball betting series have gone under the total.
The Hornets have gotten back into the playoff picture in the Western Conference and come into this game having won five straight including their last two on the road in basketball betting. They have Chris Paul healthy again and things are looking up for the Hornets in basketball betting. New Orleans still struggles on the road though as they are just 7-10 against the NBA betting line. They still have some weak stats overall too, as they are below average on offense and defense as basketball betting statistics indicate. Part of that though is because Paul was out due to injury. The Hornets are healthy now and starting to find their rhythm. That should make them a popular play in this basketball betting game against the Wizards.
Normally in basketball betting you can find a reason to like either side of a matchup. With all that is going on with Washington right now it is hard to like the Wizards in basketball betting. Their leading scorer, Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely and may never play for the team again. The team is in last place in the Southeast Division. They are terrible against the basketball betting odds this season and putrid at home. They are well below average on defense and not much better offensively. There may be some positives for Washington after they put this Arenas situation behind them but right now there is not a lot to like about the Wizards in basketball betting.