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

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Key Takeaways:

  • πŸ€ The Charlotte Hornets current playoff chances are 4.8%, per ESPN BET.
  • πŸ€ The Hornets rank fourth out of the five Southeast Division teams at 10-35.
  • 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 start to their 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. 

But with 50% of the regular season complete, the Hornets have failed to meet expectations, starting off with a 10-35 record and ranking 13 of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.

Charlotte has already started rebuilding for the future after trading Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat for a future first-round pick and veteran Kyle Lowry, who is on an expiring contract. 

What Are the Hornets Playoff Chances?

The Charlotte Hornets playoff chances are 4.8%, per ESPN BET North Carolina, and their chances of winning the division, conference, and NBA championship are even smaller.

Their chances of making the playoffs have decreased consistently as the season has progressed. 

βœ… Hornets Playoff Chances:4.8%
🚫 Hornets Miss Playoffs:95.2%
❌ ESPN BPI Playoff Chances:0%
πŸ€ Hornets to Make Play-In Tournament:2.4% (DraftKings)
β†˜οΈ Hornets Win Southeast Div.:0.1% (DraftKings)
β˜€οΈ Hornets Win Eastern Conf.:0.1% (DraftKings)
1️⃣ Hornets Get No. 1 Seed:0.1% (DraftKings)
πŸ† Hornets Win NBA Finals:0.1% 
✍️ Last Verified:February 23, 2024

The Hornets have not had high hopes to make the playoffs after a difficult start to their 2023-2024 season. Charlotte has 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 have a 2.4% chance of making the NBA play-in tournament where they could win their way in. Although their chances are slim, Charlotte still does have a chance to earn a spot in the 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)

Charlotte Hornets Playoff Chances: Key Updates February 2024

  • πŸ“…  Jan. 24: The NC Lottery Commission announces that Hornets betting will go live on March 11.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 23: The Hornets trade Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat for Kyle Lowry and a future first-round pick. Lowry is not expected to remain with the Hornets.  
  • πŸ“… Jan. 22: The Hornets overcame 62 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and an 18-point second-half deficit to upset the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • πŸ“… Jan. 3: The Hornets snap their 11-game losing streak vs. the Kings.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 20: Trade rumors continue to heat up around Gordon Hayward.
  • πŸ“… Dec. 18: Forward Miles Bridges misses a game vs. the Raptors after being denied entry into Canada.
  • πŸ“… Nov. 17: The Hornets announced bet365 North Carolina will be their betting partners in the Tar Heel State.
  • πŸ“… Oct 25: Charlotte opens the regular season with a 116-110 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. They have a .529 win percentage in the month of October historically.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 20: A wrongful death lawsuit is filed against Brandon Miller for "negligence" stemming from a shooting in Tuscaloosa while Miller was a student.
  • πŸ“… Oct. 6: The Hornets preseason win total is set at 30.5.
  • πŸ“… Aug. 29: The Hornets re-sign forward P.J. Washington to a new contract.
  • πŸ“… July 7: LaMelo Ball and the Hornets finalize a five-year, $260M contract extension.
  • πŸ“… July 2: Miles Bridges signs a $7.9M contract to return to the Hornets for the 2023-24 season.
  • πŸ“… June 22: The Hornets draft Alabama forward Brandon Miller with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft.
  • πŸ“… April 14: The NBA suspends Miles Bridges for 30 games without pay as a result of a domestic violence incident.

Charlotte Hornets Schedule and Betting Lines

The Hornets currently have a 10-31 record battling injuries. 

In this new calendar year of 2024, Charlotte has a chance to turn it around, facing off against other struggling teams including the Chicago Bulls twice, the San Antonio Spurs twice, and the Detroit Pistons.

Here is their schedule* through the end of January:

πŸ“… Oct. 25 vs. ATLβœ… W, 116-110
πŸ“… Oct. 27 vs. DET❌ L, 111-99
πŸ“… Oct. 30 vs. BKN❌ L, 133-121
πŸ“… Nov. 1 @ HOU❌ L, 128-119
πŸ“… Nov. 4 @ INDβœ… W, 125-124
πŸ“… Nov. 5 @ DAL❌ L, 124-118
πŸ“… Nov. 8 vs WAS❌ L, 132-116
πŸ“… Nov. 10 @ WASβœ… W, 124-117
πŸ“… Nov. 12 @ NYK❌ L, 129-107
πŸ“… Nov. 14 vs. MIA❌ L, 111-105
πŸ“… Nov. 17 vs. MIL❌ L, 130-99
πŸ“… Nov. 18 vs. NYK❌ L, 122-108
πŸ“… Nov. 20 vs. BOSβœ… W, 111-105
πŸ“… Nov. 22 vs. WASβœ… W, 117-114
πŸ“… Nov. 26 @ ORL❌ L, 122-108
πŸ“… Nov. 28 @ NYK❌ L, 122-108
πŸ“… Nov. 30 @ BKNβœ… W, 129-128
πŸ“… Dec. 2 vs. MIN❌ L, 123-117
πŸ“… Dec. 6 @ CHI❌ L, 122-108
πŸ“… Dec. 8 vs. TORβœ… W, 119-116
πŸ“… Dec. 11 vs. MIA❌ L, 116-114
πŸ“… Dec. 13 @ MIA❌ L, 115-104
πŸ“… Dec. 15 vs. NO❌ L, 112-107
πŸ“… Dec. 16 vs. PHI❌ L, 135-82
πŸ“… Dec. 18 @ TOR❌ L, 114-99
πŸ“… Dec. 20 @ IND❌ L, 144-113
πŸ“… Dec. 23 vs. DEN❌ L, 102-95
πŸ“… Dec. 26 @ LAC❌ L, 113-104
πŸ“… Dec. 28 @ LAL❌ L, 133-112
πŸ“… Dec. 29 @ PHX❌ L, 133-119
πŸ“… Jan. 1 @ DEN❌ L, 111-93
πŸ“… Jan. 2 @ SACβœ… W, 111-104
πŸ“… Jan. 5 @ CHI❌ L, 104-91
πŸ“… Jan. 8 vs. CHI❌ L, 119-112
πŸ“… Jan. 10 vs. SAC❌ L, 123-98
πŸ“… Jan. 12 @ SA❌ L, 135-99
πŸ“… Jan. 14 @ MIA❌ L, 104-97
πŸ“… Jan. 17 @ NO❌ L, 132-112
πŸ“… Jan. 19 vs. SAβœ… W, 124-120
πŸ“… Jan. 20 vs PHI❌ L, 97-89
πŸ“… Jan. 22 @ MINβœ… W, 128-125
πŸ“… Jan. 24 @ DET❌ L, 113-106
πŸ“… Jan. 26 vs HOU❌ L, 138-104
πŸ“… Jan 27 vs UTA❌ L, 134-122
πŸ“… Jan 29 vs NYK❌ L, 113-92
πŸ“… Jan. 31 vs CHITBD

Although the Hornets are currently 13th of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, they are still within striking distance of Play-In Tournament contention.

Charlotte currently sits 8.5 games back of the 10th-place Brooklyn Nets. They will also need the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors to falter, as they are the two teams ahead of them for that final spot.

*Game odds are provided by bet365 North Carolina Sportsbook, the Hornets' official betting partner, when available.

Key Contributors Toward Carolina Hornets Playoff Chances

Any conversation about the Charlotte Hornets starts with their leader and point guard, LaMelo Ball. He has been sidelined for the last 16 games, 14 of which they have lost. For the Hornets to have any chance of making the playoffs, they need him to return from his ankle injury. He's averaged 24.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game on the season.

In his absence, Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges stepped up. However, Rozier was traded on Jan. 23 to the Miami Heat for Kyle Lowry and a future first-round pick, which means the Hornets lose one of their top scorers of the season.

Bridges has provided scoring and rebounding, averaging 20 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

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

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NBA betting will begin on March 11. The state's sports betting law permits up to 11 online North Carolina sports betting apps.

Looking Ahead: Hornets Playoffs Picture

With many key Charlotte Hornets players in and out of the lineup due to injury, it will be very difficult to improve their chances of making the playoffs. They will need a triumphant return from LaMelo Ball, along with major contributions from center Mark Williams, forward P.J. Washington, and rookie forward Brandon Miller to make a run towards the playoffs.

But coming off an 11-game losing streak and continuing to deal with injuries, it is not very likely that they will make the playoffs.

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. They are currently 7 games out of the Play-In Tournament for a chance to make the NBA playoffs.

In the Southeast Division, they are second to last, leading only the Washington Wizards by a half of a game.

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

The Charlotte Hornets are tied for last with five other teams in odds for winning the 2024 NBA Championship. The Hornets championship odds are +200000 at ESPN BET, or a 0.1% chance based on implied probability.

Hornets Playoff Picture Postseason Outlook and Predictions

The outlook is bleak for the Charlotte Hornets to make the Play-In Tournament, let alone make 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.

If they do so, it will be due to quick healing from LaMelo Ball, along with the rest of the team to stepping up. Barring a major change or trade, I predict the Hornets will have another season without postseason play.

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, and the Toronto Raptors, 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, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, and Miami Heat.

Carolina Hornets Playoff Chances FAQs

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