Goga Bitadze vs Charlotte Hornets: NBA Prop Prediction (1/26)
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Bitadze and the Indiana Pacers will host Charlotte at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana tonight. These teams have found varying amounts of success. The Hornets rank seventh in the East with a 26-22 record, although they’ve been significantly better at home this season. The Pacers have struggled, ranking 13th in the East with a 17-31 record. With that being said, they own a 12-12 record at home for 2021-22. Charlotte’s currently a -1.5 point favorite in a game set at 228 points.
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Bitadze’s played limited minutes throughout the season thus far. He’s averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in only 10.3 minutes per game. He’s shooting 41.3% from the field, 15.8% from deep, and 63.4% from the line through 28 games.
More importantly for this bet, Bitadze’s averaging 14.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on a per-36 minute basis this season. He’s played 25+ minutes in four of his last five games. In those games, Bitadze’s averaging 14.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 28.3 minutes per game.
He recently played 35 and 31 minutes in two of his last three games. He posted 29 and 27 points, rebounds, and assists (PRA) in those games. He recorded only 19 PRA in his last game, as he only saw 22 minutes because of foul troubles against the New Orleans Pelicans. He found plenty of success prior until he had to change his game to stay on the floor.
Bitadze’s expected to return to big minutes tonight with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner both out. He gets a great matchup against the Charlotte Hornets, who don’t feature a big that will be able to get him into foul trouble the way Jonas Valanciunas could.
The matchup in this bet is the key. Charlotte’s allowing a league-high 26.1 points and 17.7 rebounds per game to opposing centers, per Fantasy Pros. Overall, they’re allowing 47.2 PRA per game to centers in 2021-22.
The Hornets have been better against centers in recent games, but they have still given up some massive contests in terms of PRA. Those include Pascal Siakam (45), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (25 - 24 mins), Al Horford (27), Moritz Wagner (31), and Joel Embiid (40).
Bitadze’s taken on a larger role over his last three games, although it was limited by fouls against New Orleans. Over that span, he’s averaging 29.3 minutes per game. He’s also averaging 11 field goal attempts, 18 rebound chances, and 4.7 potential assists per game in those contests.
Bitadze’s always found success on a per-minute basis, and he’s finally getting the minutes because of injuries. He should see minutes in the high-20s or low-30s tonight. Bitadze also gets the best matchup in the NBA against the worst defense against centers. They don’t have the size to stick with him or the offensive post play to get him in foul trouble. This total is set surprisingly low, and we’re likely benefitting from his struggles against Valanciunas.
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