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Celtics vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets
  • Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds CHA +8.5, BOS -342 | CHA +272 O/U 231.5

So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 32-12, while going 24-19-1 vs the spread. Boston has posted an average scoring differential of 13.33 points per game across their currrent 6 game win streak.

In their previous game, the Celtics took down the Hornets by a score of 122-106. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 8 point favorites. Although Boston trailed the Hornets going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 33 points on a field goal percentage of 44.4%.

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The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-33. So far, the team has gone 17-23-4 against the spread. Charlotte will take the court having lost 4 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -10.75 points per game.

Not only did the Hornets drop their last game to the Celtics. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 122-106 as 8 point underdogs. Charlotte went on to lose the game despite leading by 4 heading into halftime. In the loss, LaMelo Ball led the team in scoring with 31 points on a field goal percentage of 40.7%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Celtics averaged 117.5 points per game vs Charlotte, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Celtics saw a boost in scoring, the Hornets averaged 112.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Boston. This figure was similar to season-long average. In terms of betting, Boston has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Charlotte. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +12 points per game in favor of the Celtics. In these contests, they averaged a combined 224 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Boston offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 2nd ranked offense at 118.5 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.5 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 56.5% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.

Defensively, the Celtics are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 104.48 points per contest (1st).

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Celtics 2nd leading scorer, Jaylen Brown. In his 40 games, Brown is averaging 27.2 points per game while dishing out 3.2 assists and grabbing 7.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jayson Tatum, who leads the team and is 5th in the NBA at 30.6 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 46.7% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.4% of the team’s shots from the floor.

This season, the Charlotte offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 112.0 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Charlotte is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.6 possessions per game.

Defensively, Charlotte has had its problems giving up an average of 114.89 points per game (25th).

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Hornets 2nd leading scorer, Kelly Oubre Jr.. In his 35 games, Oubre Jr. is averaging 20.2 points per game while dishing out 1.2 assists and grabbing 5.1 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Terry Rozier, who leads the team and is 46th in the NBA at 21.0 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 41.3% of his field goal attempts while taking 20.6% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Celtics vs Hornets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Hornets +8.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5

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