Charlotte Hornets Playoff Chances May 2024: Tracking the Hornets Playoff Projections

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Key Takeaways:

  • 🚫 The Charlotte Hornets playoff chances are 0%. Unfortunately the Hornets will have to sit out the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year.
  • ⭐️ FanDuel and DraftKings list Hornets odds to win the NBA Draft lottery at +600.
  • πŸ€ The Hornets have not made the playoffs since 2016, and they have not won a playoff series since 2002.
Charlotte Hornets Playoff Chances

The Charlotte Hornets have had a horrific 2023-2024 season after beginning the year with high hopes. Expectations were high this offseason, returning nearly the same roster and adding the No. 2 overall pick Brandon Miller. 

The Hornets failed to meet expectations, posting a 21-61 record and ranking 13 of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has already started rebuilding for the future, getting busy before and at the trade deadline and moving on from former Head Coach Steve Clifford.

What Are the Hornets Playoff Chances?

The Charlotte Hornets playoff chances are no longer listed at any major North Carolina sportsbooks.

❌ Hornets Playoff Chances:N/A
❌ ESPN BPI Playoff Chances:0%
❌ Play-In Tournament Chances:N/A
πŸ“Š Hornets Proj. Seed:No. 13
πŸ₯‰ Hornets Proj. Draft Pick (ESPN BPI):3.4
πŸ₯‡ Hornets 1st Draft Pick Chances:14.3%
πŸ“Ί 1st Draft Pick Chances (ESPN BPI):13.4%
✍️ Last Verified:May 22, 2024

Charlotte lost 11 straight games between Dec. 11 and Jan. 1, including a horrific blowout to the 76ers.

Do the Hornets Have a Chance to Make the NBA Playoffs?

No. The Hornets were officially eliminated from the playoffs in March. The team has already started the rebuilding process of overhauling the organization to make a run at the 2025 NBA Playoffs.

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Changes to Hornets Playoff Chances Over Time

⭐️ Oct. 11:17.4% (BetMGM)
⭐️ Oct. 23:17.4% (DraftKings)
⭐️ Nov. 7:11.1% (DraftKings)
⭐️ Nov. 17:5.9% (DraftKings)
⭐️ Jan. 2:6.3% (ESPN BET)
⭐️ Jan. 24:4.8% (ESPN BET)
⭐️ Feb. 27:N/A
⭐️ March 21:N/A

Charlotte Hornets Playoff Chances: Key Updates May 2024

  • πŸ“… March 11, 2024: Sports betting launches in North Carolina, and Hornets betting is now available.
  • πŸ“… March 5, 2024: The Hornets announce Jeff Peterson as the team's new executive VP of basketball operations, replacing Kupchak.
  • πŸ“… Feb. 12, 2024: GM Mitch Kupchak is stepping down as general manager and moving to an advisory role with the team.
  • πŸ“… Feb. 11, 2024: Kyle Lowry agrees to a contract buyout from the Hornets, paving the way for him to join the 76ers.
  • πŸ“… Feb. 8, 2024: The Hornets trade P.J. Washington to the Mavericks in exchange for Seth Curry, Grant Williams and a 2027 first-round pick. Charlotte also deals Gordon Hayward to the Thunder in exchange for Davis Bertans, Tre Mann, Vasilije Micic and two scecond-round picks. The Hornets waive Ish Smith and Frank Ntilikina.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 26, 2024: LaMelo Ball sees his last game action before missing time with lingering right ankle tendinitis. 
  • πŸ“… Jan. 23, 2024: The Hornets trade Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat for Kyle Lowry and a future first-round pick.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 18, 2023: Forward Miles Bridges misses a game vs. the Raptors after being denied entry into Canada.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 17, 2023: The Hornets announced bet365 North Carolina will be their betting partners in the Tar Heel State. Miles Bridges is eligible to return to the team following his suspension.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 31, 2023: The Hornets exercise the third-year option on center Mark Williams.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 20, 2023: A wrongful death lawsuit is filed against Brandon Miller for "negligence" stemming from a shooting in Tuscaloosa while Miller was a student.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 9, 2023: Former first-round pick Kai Jones requests a trade on X (formerly Twitter) and was waived two days later.
  • πŸ“… Aug. 3, 2023: Majority owner and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan completes the sale of his stake in the Hornets to a group led by Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall .
  • πŸ“… July 7, 2023: Ball and the Hornets finalize a five-year, $260M contract extension.
  • πŸ“… July 2, 2023: Miles Bridges signs a $7.9M contract to return to the Hornets for the 2023-24 season.
  • πŸ“… June 22, 2023: The Hornets draft Alabama forward Brandon Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
  • πŸ“… April 14, 2023: The NBA suspends Miles Bridges for 30 games without pay as a result of a domestic violence incident.
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Charlotte Hornets Schedule and Betting Lines

The Hornets finished the 2023-2024 season with a 21-61 record to finish 13th of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.

Charlotte will look ahead at the NBA Draft Lottery and prepare for yet another rebuild. Steve Clifford is out and major shakeups have taken place at every level of the organization in the last 12 months. Hopefully the Hornets can find stable ground to build a strong winning culture in the Queen City. 

Key Contributors Toward Carolina Hornets Playoff Chances

Any conversation about the Charlotte Hornets starts with leader and point guard LaMelo Ball. As he's only played in 22 games this season, the story of the Hornets' season has been a tough one.

In his absence, small forward Miles Bridges stepped up. Bridges has provided scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Rookie forward Brandon Miller has also been a key piece of the Hornets offense, averaging 16.7 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.

Where Can I Bet on the Hornets to Make the Playoffs?

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Looking Ahead: Hornets Playoffs Picture

The Hornets have virtually no path to the playoffs at this point in the season. They have only won 17 games and sit almost 20 games behind the 10th-place team in the Eastern Conference.

They're missing star point guard LaMelo Ball, who's been nursing a nagging ankle injury since last season. Center Mark Williams, shooting guard Cody Martin, and point guard Seth Curry are also sidelined with injuries.

Where Do the Hornets Rank in the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture?

The Charlotte Hornets rank 13th out of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference. In the Southeast Division, they are second to last, leading only the Washington Wizards by a half of a game. The Hornets are eliminated from the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture.

Where Do the Hornets Rank to Win the 2024 NBA Championships?

The Hornets NBA championship odds are no longer listed at major sportsbooks.

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Hornets Playoff Picture Postseason Outlook & Predictions

The outlook is bleak for the Charlotte Hornets to make the Play-In Tournament, let alone the NBA Playoffs. After suffering a historic 53-point loss this season, along with an 11-game losing streak, it is very unlikely that the Hornets can turn it around in time to be in contention for the playoffs.

Who to Root for if You’re a Charlotte Hornets Fan?

To better the Charlotte Hornets chances of making the playoffs, they will need the teams above them, such as the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat to go on losing streaks of their own.

To that end, Hornets fans should be rooting for their division opponents who have excellent records to beat these teams, including: the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic.

UPDATE: The Charlotte Hornets are eliminated from playoff contention

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Shannon Lane is a commercial editor and fact-checker for BetCarolina. She's spent the last decade working in sports media, including at NFL Media and as a reporter/fact-checker at Sports Illustrated. She covers everything NFL football to give North Carolina sports betters the best information on the Panthers and other NFL teams.

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