Hornets vs. Celtics Prediction
Will the Boston Celtics be able to pick up a lopsided win at home over the Charlotte Hornets when the two meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET?
557 Charlotte Hornets vs. 558 Boston Celtics
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
7:30PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Celtics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -8.5 points against the Hornets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 218.5 points. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Hornets flip flopping
The Hornets have alternated wins and losses over their last five games. They are coming off a 101-92 win over the New York Knicks at home on Monday. Charlotte is 24-25 overall, 7-17 on the road, 25-24 against the spread and 25-23-1 with the over.
Charlotte is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to offense and defense, ranking 16th in the league in both. The Hornets are putting up 111.8 points per game on offense while allowing 111.1 points on defense. Kemba Walker has been leading the team with 24.4 points and 5.6 assists per game. Jeremy Lamb is adding 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.
Celtics struggling to cover
Boston is coming off a 112-104 win at home over the Nets on Monday for their sixth win in seven games. However, the Celtics are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four games. Boston is now 31-19 overall, 20-6 at home, 25-25 against the spread and 29-21 with the over.
The Celtics have one of the top defenses in the NBA, allowing just 105.9 points per game while limiting opponents to 44 percent shooting. Offensively, Boston is putting up 112.2 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field. The Celtics are expected to be short-handed tonight as Kyrie Irving is listed as doubtful to play due to a hip injury. He is averaging 23.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is adding 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Hornets are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games playing on 1 day of rest, but just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record, but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
The Hornets are just 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Hornets and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five trips to Boston. However, the loss of Irving concerns me. He is a big asset for the Celtics and this should open the door for Walker to really go big. The Hornets are playing better on the road as of late, covering in three of their last four. With Boston not at full strength, I will take the Hornets with the points.
NBA Prediction: Charlotte Hornets +8.5