Charlotte Hornets 2022-23 Season Preview and Best Bet (Odds, Offseason Moves and More)

Apr 13, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Charlotte Hornets guards LaMelo Ball (2) Terry Rozier (3) and
Apr 13, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Charlotte Hornets guards LaMelo Ball (2) Terry Rozier (3) and / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight season, the Hornets got bounced in the first game of the play-in tournament. This year is about growth and potentially getting into the playoffs for Charlotte, but it won’t come without challenges.

Miles Bridges is facing felony domestic violence charges and could be facing jail time. Without him in the picture, the Hornets’ 2022-23 season outlook is still up in the air. 

Right now, they plan to look to Lamelo Ball and Terry Rozier to pick up the scoring slack. This is still a young team looking to get over the hump, but what’s the ceiling for this team this season?

Charlotte Hornets Offseason Moves and Additions

Key Hornets Roster Additions:

  • Mark Williams (Draft)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Free Agency)
  • LiAngelo Ball (Free Agency)

Key Hornets Roster Losses:

  • Montrezl Harrel (Free Agency)

Hornets Odds to Win NBA Championship, Make Playoffs and Win Total

  • Odds to Win NBA Finals: +17000
  • Odds to Win Eastern Conference: +10000
  • Make Playoffs: +250
  • Win Total: 36.5 (Over +108/Under -105)

Charlotte Hornets Best Bet for 2022-23 NBA Season

While I love this win total OVER for Charlotte, I understand that Miles Bridges may not be there this season. That leaves the Hornets with a big scoring hole, and not too many great options to fill it. 

However, Lamelo Ball is fantastic and already has taken a leap as a scorer. His usage is going to be high this year and if his shooting can be consistent, I trust him to fill the No.1 scorer role easily. 

The wins might not be there for Charlotte due to its poor defense, but I don't expect the No.10-12 seeds in the East to be juggernauts.

The Eastern conference is going to be loaded, but I think it makes sense to back the Hornets to make the play-in tournament. At +130, this is great value. They’ll be competing with the Wizards and the Knicks for the spot, but have the experience and the young star to get them there. 

You can find Donnavan Smoot’s full betting record here.