NBA Playoff Odds: The Charlotte Hornets’ 2021 Title Chances
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: LaMelo Ball #2 and Terry Rozier #3 of the Charlotte Hornets.
Charlotte Hornets NBA Playoff Odds
How the Charlotte Hornets Got Here
The Hornets have been one of the surprise teams of the East. Though they finished 10th in the conference as the last team in the NBA Play-In Tournament, but topped their preseason win total by 7.5 wins.
Charlotte has weathered its fair share of injuries this season. Gordon Hayward has been sidelined since April 3 with a foot injury. Likely Rookie of the Year winner, LaMelo Ball, missed 21 games with a wrist injury before returning at the beginning of May. And Devonte’ Graham has missed 17 games throughout the season.
Terry Rozier has been Charlotte’s most durable and reliable this season, posting career numbers multiple categories: 20.4 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game and 45% shooting from the field. His impact has been crucial for the Hornets’ offense, which scores 110.9 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the floor vs. 104.4 when he’s off.
Having Ball back should have been a boost for the Hornets’ offense, but since his return to the lineup, the Hornets rank 24th in Offensive Rating.
As the last team in the play-in, the Hornets would need to win two road games to make the NBA Playoffs. Their 15-21 road record this season doesn’t inspire much confidence.
For what it’s worth, the Hornets’ NBA title odds are listed above the Grizzlies, Pacers and Spurs — and Charlotte surprised most by getting to this point. There is an outside chance that the Hornets could shock the NBA world again.