The Boston Celtics (11-2) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (3-9) on Monday, November 20th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Spectrum Center and televised on NBCS. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Grizzlies. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Celtics vs Hornets
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Celtics bested the Grizzlies with a score of 102-100. the Celtics entered the second half with an advantage, leading with 56-53.
Looking at the Celtics’ previous ten games, they are 8-2 and face the Hornets with an overall mark of 11-2. The team is presently 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the Atlantic division.
For the season, Boston maintains an ATS record of .500, currently standing at 6-6 ATS. Boston has covered the spread in four straight home games and are 4-1 ATS at home compared to 2-5 on the road.
The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hornets will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Knicks with a final score of 122-108. Despite being behind at halftime 61-50, the Hornets picked up the win.
Getting ready to face the Celtics, the Hornets hold an overall record of 3-9 and need a win to break their four game losing streak. Throughout their 12 games, the Hornets have posted a 3-7 record against Eastern Conference opponents, while going 0-2 in non-conference matchups.
Charlotte has an ATS record of 4-7 for this season, which includes their current two game losing streak against the spread. The Hornets maintain an ATS record of 3-2 on the road, while they have a 1-5 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Today, the Celtics enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 117.2 points per game (7th). The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.9 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Boston is ranked 6th in fewest turnovers per game.
Hornets Offense Breakdown
In 12 games games, Charlotte has an average of 113.1 points per game (14th). Coming into today’s game, the Hornets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 9.8 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 12th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Celtics Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Celtics defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 15.4% of their games. Currently, they are 2nd in the NBA at 105.5 points per game allowed.
The Celtics defense is coming off a game in which they held the Grizzlies offense to just 45.5% shooting. Overall, they gave up 100 points to Memphis.
Hornets Team Defense
Currently, the Hornets’ defense holds the 27th rank in the NBA, allowing 122.6 points per game.
Charlotte struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Knicks, giving up 4. For the game, New York scored 122 points in the game.
Key Players For The Celtics And Hornets
In today’s game, our projections have Jayson Tatum leading the Celtics with 17 points on 6/12 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 26.9 points per game, in addition to 8.7 rebounds.
On the other side, LaMelo Ball is our projected leading scorer for the Hornets. We have him ending the game with a team-high 18 and grabbing 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 43.2%, and his scoring average is 24.4 points per game.
Celtics vs Hornets Trends
- Across the Celtics last ten road games, the team averaged 111 points per game while allowing 105. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 3-6-1, while going 8-2 straight-up.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Charlotte has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 118 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Charlotte has an ATS mark of 4-5-1 while going 3-7 straight up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Celtics have a straight up record of 8-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-4-1.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Celtics vs. Hornets game, our recommendation is to take the Hornets at +9.5. Despite our model showing the Celtics winning 113-106, we like Hornets as our point-spread pick.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 232.5, and our model predicts the Celtics and Hornets to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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