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For tonight’s intraconference contest, the Philadelphia 76ers (12-11) are facing off versus the Charlotte Hornets (14-11) at Spectrum Center. Will the Hornets win their first game against the Sixers since Nov. 2, 2016? 

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets news

Leading into Monday night’s Eastern Conference matchup, the 76ers are 12-11 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, while the Hornets are 14-11 against the spread. This game will air live at 7 p.m. ET via Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass and NBC Sports Philadelphia. Referencing Land of Basketball’s database, these two teams have played one another 112 times during the regular season all-time. Charlotte is 58-54 versus Philadelphia. On Feb. 3, 2021, the last time these contenders met during the regular season, the Sixers won 118-111.

Per multiple reports, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is interesting in playing alongside Sixers guard Ben Simmons. Elton Brand, Philadelphia’s general manager, tried shopping the three-time All-Star months ago during the offseason. However, teams were unwilling to surrender various first-round draft picks for Simmons. Daryl Morey, the Sixers’ president of basketball operations, is demanding a king’s ransom for his star player. The fifth-year guard has yet to play a single game in the 2021-22 NBA season. To add to that, the Trail Blazers are 11-13 (.458), ranking 10th overall in the Western Conference.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks - Philadelphia 76ers vs Charlotte Hornets picks, preview and prediction

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 217

Point spread: 76ers -7.5 (-110)

Best moneyline: 76ers -290, Hornets +240

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets injury report

76ers: PF Tobias Harris (questionable) | PG Ben Simmons (out indefinitely) | PG Grant Riller (out indefinitely)

Hornets: C Mason Plumlee (out indefinitely) | SG Terry Rozier (out indefinitely) | SF Jalen McDaniels (out indefinitely) | PG LaMelo Ball (out indefinitely)

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets preview

Additionally, in the 76ers’ 98-96 road win over the Hawks last Friday, center Joel Embiid added another double-double to his career total, finishing his performance with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 36 minutes played. Guard Seth Curry concluded his showing with 18 points, 2.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 33 minutes spent on the court. In the fourth quarter, Philadelphia held Atlanta to just nine points.

Not to mention, while the Hawks out-rebounded the Sixers 47 to 39, the 76ers outscored them 42 to 30 in the paint. They shot 38-for-81 (46.9%) from the floor and 9-for-22 (40.9%) from three-point range. The team has lost six out of their last 10 games, but at least they have Embiid back. After this close road win, they are now 7-6 away, 5-5 at home and 9-4 ATS on the road.

As for the Hornets, on Sunday, in their 130-127 road victory against the Hawks, forward Miles Bridges scored a team-high 32 points in 40 minutes of action. Guard Kelly Oubre Jr. had 28 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 39 minutes played as well. The Hawks out-rebounded them 45 to 39. Though, Charlotte put up 38 points in the second quarter alone.

Without LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, the Hornets will have to find other ways to generate more points against above-.500 opponents. Sunday’s effort was an exception. They shot 46-for-86 (53.5%) from the field and 17-for-37 (45.9%) from behind the arc. Through 24 games, Ball is averaging 20 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. Now, Charlotte is 7-9 away, 7-2 at home and 7-2 ATS at home this season.

Projected starting lineup

76ers: PG Tyrese Maxey | SG Seth Curry | SF Danny Green | PF Tobias Harris | C Joel Embiid

Hornets: PG Ish Smith | SG Kelly Oubre Jr. | SF Gordon Hayward | PF Miles Bridges | C Nick Richards

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets prediction

Furthermore, the total for tonight’s Eastern Conference contest is set at 217. Referring to the spread consensus, 62% of bettors are anticipating the Hornets to cover the spread at Spectrum Center. Concerning the point total consensus, 83% of gamblers are projecting the total will go over 217. Currently, Philadelphia is 7-2 as a favorite, 5-9 as an underdog and 9-4 ATS away, whereas Charlotte is 5-2 as a favorite, 9-9 as an underdog and 7-2 ATS at home.

For informative betting trends, the 76ers are 10-3-1 ATS in their previous 14 performances against the Hornets. The total has also gone under in five of their past six games. To add to these betting statistics, Philadelphia is 4-9 straight up in the team’s last 13 contests this season. Next, the team is 14-0 SU in their previous 14 matches versus the Hornets. Lastly, the total has gone under in four of the Sixers’ past five games.

On the other side, the Hornets are 9-4 ATS in their past 13 performances. Also, the total has gone over in Charlotte’s last five games. Next, the total has gone over in six of the team’s previous seven contests versus Philadelphia. Finally, the team is 4-10 SU in their past 14 matches against Atlantic Division opponents, and the total has gone over in four of the Hornets’ prior five games on a Monday. So, pick the 76ers to win, but think about taking the Hornets to cover the spread.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Hornets betting pick

Pick the 76ers to win, the Hornets will cover the spread and the total will go over 211. Philadelphia is a 7.5-point favorite with BetUS.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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