Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards: Odds, Injury Report, Prediction

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets in action against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 03, 2022 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets in action against the Washington Wizards during the first half at Capital One Arena on January 03, 2022 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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The Charlotte Hornets are back in action tonight as they welcome the Washington Wizards to Uptown for a matchup at the Spectrum Center, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Both teams are still searching for their first preseason victory. Charlotte enters this contest at 0-3, with two losses to the Boston Celtics and a loss to the Indiana Pacers. They most recently played on Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina, falling 112-105 against Boston.

Meanwhile, Washington enters at 0-2 after dropping two games to the Golden State Warriors. Each of those contests were held at Saitama Super Arena as part of the NBA Japan Games. As part of their recovery from the international trip, the Wizards have not played since October 2nd.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards Odds and Moneyline (FanDuel)

Point Spread: Hornets -3.5

Money line: Hornets -170/ Wizards +138

Over-under: 218

Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards: Injury Report

Hornets: Cody Martin (knee tendinopathy), Kelly Oubre Jr. (left calf strain), and P.J. Washington (right ankle sprain) are all OUT.

Gordon Hayward will make his preseason debut after missing the first three games with a left knee contusion.

Dennis Smith Jr. will play after missing the last two games due to personal reasons.

Wizards: Bradley Beal is OUT due to a non-covid illness. Deni Avdija groin is also OUT.

Corey Kispert (left ankle sprain) remains OUT.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Washington Wizards: Prediction

Both teams enter this contest in need of some positive momentum. With a combined record of 0-5 so far in the preseason, something will give in this contest. The absences of Martin, Oubre Jr., and Washington will be tough to overcome, but the Wizards will also be without their definitive best player in Beal. With the home crowd behind them and with reinforcements in the form of Hayward and Smith Jr., the Hornets will do just enough to come away with their first victory of the preseason.

Hornets 100, Wizards 92

What is next for the Charlotte Hornets?

Wednesday, October 12th – at Philadelphia 76ers

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.