Free NBA Pick: Celtics vs Hornets NBA Odds
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(50-29) Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets (36-43)
Date: Saturday April 8th
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -110, Hornets -110
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1
NBA Betting Total: 214
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It’s an Eastern Conference showdown between two teams that have the postseason in-mind, although they are thinking differently about it. This Saturday, the Boston Celtics will head down south to take on the Hornets in Charlotte. The Celtics took the last meeting, winning 108-98 at home on January 16th.
The Boston Celtics have struggled over the last week and are currently riding a two-game losing streak. That includes a 123-116 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. Boston is in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.
The Hornets are riding a two-game skid of their own at the moment. They fell at home 112-99 to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Although they are not out of the running yet, Charlotte is currently in 10th place in the East.
Boston has had multiple chances to gain the number one spot in the Eastern Conference over the few weeks, but they have been unable to win consistently when they need it.
They have now lost two straight, including a 114-91 beatdown at home to the Cavaliers, the team with whom they are competing for the top spot in the conference.
The Celtics score an average of 107.7 points per game which gives them the 8th ranked scoring offense in the league. They rank 27th in rebounding with only 41.8 but 4th in assists with 25 per contest.
Boston has been average defensively, allowing 105.4 points per game which ranks 15th in the NBA.
Isaiah Thomas leads the way for the Celtics with 29.1 points and 5.9 assists per game.
Avery Bradley adds 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Al Horford contributes 13.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and five assists per contest.
The Hornets are officially playing for their playoff lives after losing two straight. Their loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday hurt particularly badly since the Heat are one of the teams with whom the Hornets are competing for the final playoff spot in the conference.
One more loss or one Miami victory would officially eliminate them from postseason contention.
The Hornets rank 14th in the league in scoring with 105.5 points per game. They rank 13th in rebounding with 43.7 and 11th in assists with 23.2 per contest.
On the other end, Charlotte allows 104.7 points per game which ranks them 12th in scoring defense.
Kemba Walker leads the team with 23.2 points and 5.5 assists a night. Nicolas Batum has contributed well with 15.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and six assists per game, and Frank Kaminsky adds 11.9 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 4-0 ATS in last 4 meetings with Hornets in Charlotte
- Celtics are 7-1 ATS in last 8 meetings with Hornets
- Celtics are 5-2 ATS in last 7 Saturday games
- Hornets are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games following a double-digit home loss
- Hornets are 1-4 ATS in last 5 home games against team with winning road record
- Hornets are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games against Eastern Conference
Free Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The Hornets clearly need this game more, but they also needed the last two.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -1
Boston is clearly the better team, and they are still playing for a shot at the number one seed.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 108 – Charlotte 105
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