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2021 NBA Handicapping
(30-31) Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics (32 -30)
Date: Wednesday, April 28th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
On Wednesday, April 28th the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics meet for the third and final time this season. Each team has won once with the Celtics taking the April 4th match (116-86) and the Hornets winning the April 25 contest (125 -104).
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 67 in 111 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Boston sweeping the series.
The Charlotte Hornets are growing into a team that has an identity and is clicking when it matters most. That they are also getting wins without three core players is even more impressive.
The ascent of Miles Bridges is playing a major factor as is their offensive system that focuses on ball movement punctuated by the 39 assists versus the Celtics. In the win on Sunday, four starters scored 20.
What is working for them is confidence and that belief which is a major benefit. Working against them is the lack of playoff experience that often limits teams from going deep.
An interesting side note is if the playoffs started today the Hornets would play the Heat in the initial play-in game to land the seventh seed. While Miami has the experience the Hornets have won both matches against Miami.
However, their record against the 76ers (0-3) and Nets (1-2) isn’t as strong. They’ll be trying to move up to the sixth seed where a meeting versus Milwaukee bodes better in terms of the matchup (2-1).
Although they lost to the Bucks on Tuesday. Five Hornets scored in double-figures with Devonte Graham’s 25 points leading the way.
LaMelo Ball (wrist), Gordon Hayward (foot), Malik Monk (ankle), Nate Darling (ankle) were out Tuesday and likely Wednesday as well.
The Celtics had won nine of 11 and also seemed to be clicking right when it mattered most but have lost three in a row largely based on a decision not to play Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker on Tuesday.
It seemed like a load management decision since the Celts were playing the Thunder who are running out a team closer in resemblance to a G-League squad than an elite NBA team.
With Tatum, Walker, and Brown all playing versus the Hornets on Sunday it didn’t matter as they got routed 125-104.
The roll of the dice versus the Thunder failed as OKC was inspired to avoid setting a new franchise low of 15 losses in a row and were successful as they beat Boston lost 119-115.
Jaylen Brown led the scoring with 39 for the Celts. Rookie Payton Pritchard netted a new high of 28 points.
Tatum (ankle impingement), Walker (oblique strain) were out Tuesday but expected to play Wednesday while Robert Williams is questionable with knee soreness.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
In the prior meeting, Charlotte won the paint battle outscoring Boston 46-36 but Boston had a significant free throw advantage (26 to 11). The Celtics struggled to stop the Hornets outside the paint as well with Charlotte shooting 48.8% from deep (21 of 43).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets +6.5
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