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(27-10) Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets (12-21)
Date: Wednesday December 27
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1
NBA Betting Total: 206
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Eastern Conference rivals the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets prepare to tip off Wednesday December 27. Boston arrives following the loss on Christmas Day to the Wizards while the Hornets enter following a win over the Bucks.
Last season, the Celtics swept the Hornets and have a 9-1 streak in their past ten with a five game consecutive streak on the line. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Hornets 59 of their 100 matches.
After leading the Eastern Conference for most of the season the Boston Celtics are in a bit of a funk. They’ve lost six of their last 11 games and also dropped to second in the East following the loss to the Wizards on Christmas Day.
The initial success the Celtics were recognizing defensively has been absent and while they remain ranked in the top ten (second) they haven’t ranked above 14th best in the last ten games.
This was bound to catch up to the youngsters who’ll now face even more adversity as they venture out West to play road games where they still have 11 to play.
One positive was the return of Marcus Morris to the lineup which should help Boston’s frontcourt. Although the Celtics defense has fallen off their offense has climbed.
Clearly the young team needs to find a balance and then apply it consistently.
Jaylen Brown left the Garden using a crutch Monday following an ankle injury. Marcus Morris who just returned (knee) is once again on the injury list. Brown and Morris will join Semi Ojeleye (back) and Gordon Hayward on the injury list.
If Boston had one of the easiest schedules to start the season the opposite could be said of the Hornets. Charlotte remains the most perplexing squad in the Association.
The talent on the team should have produced a much better overall record, but watching them play they seem to have forgotten how to play cohesively.
Kemba Walker remains an All-Star talent, but few others on the roster are offering him a secondary or third option on a consistent basis. Steve Clifford is away from the team which is likely contributing to their issues.
Still, this team is talented enough to garner a home court, yet at their current rate will be lucky to make the postseason.
Marvin Williams suffered a finger injury in the last game making his status for this match unknown. Michael Kidd Gilchrist is also dealing with illness and Dwight Howard is wearing a splint on the finger he injured two games ago.
Expect Howard to play, but Williams and Gilchrist will be questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head
- Hornets are 1-8-1 ATS in teams last 10 matchups
- Under is 7-3 in Hornets last 10 home games.
- Celtics are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games.
- Over is 9-3 in Celtics last 12 road games.
- Hornets are 4-9-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction: Celtics get back in win column
Despite the Celtics current regression to the mean they are in better shape than the reeling Hornets. Howard could pose some issues for the Celtics frontcourt, but not enough to garner picking them to win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -1
In spite of their defensive regression the Celtics will do enough to get the win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 104 – Hornets 101
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