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2021 NBA Handicapping
(25-23) Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics (24-25)
Date: Sunday, April 4th
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
On Sunday, April 4th the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics meet for the first time this season.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 66 in 109 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Boston sweeping the series.
After fracturing his wrist, Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball learned he’ll be out at least a month. On Thursday, the Hornets lost Malik Monk for two weeks to a sprained ankle.
And if that wasn’t enough adversity Charlotte lost Gordon Hayward for a month after he sprained his foot in the second half of Friday’s match,
Prior to exiting, Hayward produced 13 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in his 19 minutes. Miles Bridges led the way with a season-high 23 points earning a double-double by adding 10 rebounds.
Cody Zeller (17), Terry Rozier (15), Brad Wanamaker (13), P.J. Washington (13), and Devonte Graham (12) were the other double-digit contributors.
LaMelo Ball (fractured wrist) out at least until April 24th following surgery. Gordon Hayward (foot) will be out at least until May 3rd. Malik Monk (ankle) is out at least two weeks (until April 15th)
A recent stumble witnessed the Celtics registering just three wins in 10 matches. So with two losses in a row, the Celts weren’t taking the Rockets for granted on Friday. Well, that is everyone except Robert Williams.
The Celts’ big man feasted in his prior game against the Rockets (16 points, 13 boards) but bested that Friday, shooting a perfect 9 of 9 from the field for a career-best 20 points. Moreover, he was sniffing triple-double territory with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Jayson Tatum led Boston in scoring with 26 points adding nine rebounds. Jaylen Brown delivered a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds but left the court limping after tweaking his knee.
Evan Fournier finally found his shot after going 3 for 16 through his first two games including an 0 for 10 debut. The newest Celtic scored 23 points connecting on a career-best seven 3-pointers.
Boston needed every Fournier point as the Rockets reserves outscored Boston 49 to 33 (so 10 cumulative points from anyone not named Fournier).
Jaylen Brown (knee) and Romeo Langford (health and safety protocols) are both listed as day-to-day. Semi Ojeleye (side) and Tristan Thompson (health and safety protocols) are listed as out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 7-2-1ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
- The total has gone under in 8 of Charlotte’s last 9 games.
- The Hornets are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
- The Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Boston.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
While the Hornets have battled without LaMelo losing Hayward is a hit that could take a toll over the month he’ll be out.
Meanwhile, the Celtics looked good with their new starting lineup featuring Williams but unless someone other than Fournier can score off the bench they’ll continue to have issues particularly if Brown has to miss any length of time.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets +5.5
What makes the Hornets team so difficult to defend is they never rely on one or two individuals. Even without LaMelo Ball playing it’s like he’s energized Charlotte and unleashed their offense through the art of ball movement.
I’ll still take the Celts but if Brown can’t go it could make things interesting.
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