Suns vs Hornets Picks and Predictions for March 28

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Updated: March 27, 2021

Chris Paul has been a driving force for a Suns team that is in the Top-8 in both offensive and defensive rating.

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Two of the NBA’s most pleasant surprises collide Sunday as the Phoenix Suns visit the Charlotte Hornets. 

The Hornets have kept afloat without LaMelo Ball, going 3-0 since a wrist injury sidelined their star rookie. Meanwhile, all Phoenix has done is cruise to an NBA-best 30-14 ATS mark, while sitting second overall in the West. 

Which of these two will get the better of their NBA betting matchup? Find out with our free picks and predictions for Suns vs. Hornets on March 28. 

Phoenix Suns at Charlotte Hornets betting preview

Injuries

Suns: No injuries to report. 
Hornets: LaMelo Ball PG (Out), Brad Wanamaker PG (Questionable).
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Betting trend to know

Suns are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 road games. Find more NBA betting trends for Suns vs. Hornets.

The line opened at Suns -7, with the total at 221. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

The Phoenix Suns have kept up their fine form since returning from the All-Star break. Since the second half of the season began, Phoenix is 7-3 SU and ATS, identical just like its season-long records of 30-14 SU and ATS. With instant offense in Devin Booker and several high-level defenders, such as Mikal Bridges, the Suns are third in net rating on the year and one of three teams in the NBA to be in the Top-8 in both offensive and defensive rating.

While we know who the Suns are by this point in the season, Charlotte is less clear after seeing rookie phenom LaMelo Ball go down with a wrist injury. Ball’s elite playmaking changes any team he is in and so, his absence will similarly change the Hornets. In their three games without Ball, the Hornets are 3-0 SU and ATS, earning impressive wins over the Heat and Spurs while crushing the lowly Rockets.

Charlotte’s performances without Ball thus far have been impressive, but it’s simply running into a buzzsaw here. The Suns are one of the NBA’s most complete teams and they rarely suffer bad losses. Expect them to take care of business here. 

PREDICTION: Suns -7 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

For as surprising as it has been to see the Hornets go undefeated in Ball’s absence, it has been less surprising to see a 1-2 O/U mark during that stretch. The team’s leader in assists and third in scoring, Ball was at the heart of their offense as a playmaker and was a reliable presence off-ball as a shooter and cutter. Their offense should continue to suffer without Ball. 

With Chris Paul, Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges playing the second, third and fifth-most minutes per game for the Suns this season, it’s no surprise they have consistently locked teams up. At 21-23 O/U on the season, the Suns would be more consistently rewarding Under bettors if it was not for their own efficient offense. However, with the Hornets missing Ball, we don’t trust them to do enough to push the total Over against the Suns. Add in that it’s an early tip on a Sunday and we are comfortably siding with the Under.

PREDICTION: Under 221 (-110)

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  • Suns -7 (-110)
  • Under 221 (-110)

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