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Celtics vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds CHA +7.5, BOS -309 | CHA +249 O/U 231.5
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-12. So far, the team has gone 23-19-1 against the spread. Boston has posted an average scoring differential of 12.8 points per game across their currrent 5 game win streak.
The Celtics will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Nets by a score of 109-98. Heading into the game, they were 1 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Boston held just a 3 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 11 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 20 points while hitting 31.8% of his shots.
So far, the Hornets have put together an overall record of 11-32, while going 17-22-4 vs the spread. Today, the Hornets will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -9.0 points per contest.
Not only did the Hornets drop their last game to the Raptors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 124-114 as 7 point underdogs. In the loss, Charlotte got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was LaMelo Ball, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 57.9% of his shots.
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. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Celtics have averaged 122 points per game compared to 110 for Charlotte. This has led to an ATS record of 3-2 for Boston. In these contests, they averaged a combined 232 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Celtics offense is rated 2nd in the league in scoring, averaging 118.4 points per contest. So far, the Celtics are averaging 99.7 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 13th in fields goals made per contest.
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 46.8% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.3% 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 112.2 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 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the Charlotte offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 12th in fewest turnovers per game.
Defensively, Charlotte has had its problems giving up an average of 114.89 points per game (25th).
Charlotte will be relying on Terry Rozier to provide a strong scoring performance in today’s game against the Boston. Kelly Oubre Jr. has been ruled out. So far this season, Oubre Jr. has been the team’s leading scorer with an average of 20.2 points per game. Rozier is 2nd on the team with 21.0 points per game, which places him 46.0th in the NBA. In 33 games, he has hit 41.2% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.2 rebounds per game.
Celtics vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5
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