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Evaluating the Charlotte Hornets at the All-Star Break

We examine the Hornets going into the All-Star Break, looking at some futures betting lines, injuries and one player to watch in fantasy basketball.

Charlotte Hornets vs Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA Trade Deadline and All-Star Weekend have come and gone, so that means we’re in the home stretch of the 2019-20 NBA season. In this serious post-All-Star Break, we’ll go over the outlook for every team in the NBA. Here, we’ll provide a short glimpse at championship odds and playoff chances for each team on DraftKings Sportsbook. Also highlighted are key injuries to note and a fantasy basketball player to watch the rest of the season.

Where do the Charlotte Hornets stand at the All-Star Break?

Record: 18-36
Playoff Chances: 0.1%
Championship Odds: +80000
Division Odds: +20000
Conference Championship winner: +25000
Rookie of the Year odds: PJ Washington (+10000)

The Hornets sit 11th in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break, 5.5 games out of the eighth seed. Charlotte’s performance has probably been worse than their record indicates, as their possession adjusted point differential is fourth worst in the NBA, three slots behind their winning percentage, which is seventh worst. The Hornets have been the league’s fifth worst defensive team by points allowed per possession and fifth worst offensive team by points scored per possession. Charlotte has been very poor in the interior, allowing the fourth most field goals per game within five feet of the basket while ranking as the league’s fifth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded. Because the Hornets have been poor defensively and poor on the glass, they make for an appealing fantasy opponent in DraftKings contests, especially for opposing bigs.

Prediction: After making no moves at the trade deadline, the Hornets continue to be a bottom 5 team for the rest of this season, but top 5 cap space could improve the Hornets’ outlook heading into next season.

Key Injuries for Charlotte Hornets

Terry Rozier, PG/SG (knee) — DTD
Cody Martin, SG/SF (concussion)

Rozier was an unexpected late injury absence from the Hornets’ final game before the All-Star break due to knee soreness, but it doesn’t sound like the injury is significant. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Rozier back in the lineup when the Hornets play on Thursday in Chicago.

Fantasy basketball spotlight: Devonte’ Graham

Graham has been Charlotte’s most productive fantasy player, averaging 37.4 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) per game. Graham’s 38% field goal percentage is ugly, but he’s been better-than-average from 3-point range and has been Charlotte’s top facilitator. Graham is creating about 14 potential assists per game, tied for ninth best among all players. Graham’s points created off assists ranks seventh best among all players. Graham is best used on DraftKings in an up-tempo matchup against teams that are prone to allowing quality looks and assists.

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