Hornets vs. Celtics Prediction
The Boston Celtics hope to stop the bleeding of their losing streak when they host the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 6PM ET.
547 Charlotte Hornets vs. 548 Boston Celtics
Sunday, December 23, 2018
6PM 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 -7 points against the Hornets. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 221 points. The public betting for this game currently has 62 percent going on the Celtics at home. 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 seek third straight win
The Charlotte Hornets have beaten the Cavs and Pistons in their last two games at home to set up a potential 3-game winning streak tonight. Charlotte is 16-15 on the season, 4-8 on the road, 17-14 against the spread and 16-15 with the over.
The Hornets are most competitive on offense, as they average 113.2 points per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field. Defensively, the Hornets are giving up 110.6 points per game while opponents shoot 46.1 percent from the floor. Kemba Walker is leading the team with 25 points and 6.3 assists per game while Jeremy Lam bis adding 14.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Celtics drop three straight
After a long win streak, Boston has lost three straight, falling to the Bucks, 120-107 at home on Friday night. Boston is now 18-13 on the season, 9-5 at home, 15-16 against the spread and 18-13 with the over.
Boston has been solid on defense this season, allowing just 104.8 points per game while opponents shoot 44.1 percent from the field. Offensively, the Celtics put up 111.1 points per game despite shooting just 45 percent as a team. The team is hopeful to get Al Horford back from his knee injury tonight. The Celtics are already without Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris is listed as questionable to play. Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is adding 16.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Hornets are 16-3-4-1 against the spread in their last 51 against Atlantic Division opponents, but 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record.
The Celtics are 23-8 ATS in their last 31 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight conference games.
Boston has been struggling, but the Celtics get Horford back tonight, so that should provide a boost on both sides of the ball. Charlotte is coming off a long home stand, so I expect them to fall apart on the road tonight. Boston really needs to snap out of this funk and this seems like a good matchup for it to happen. Boston can match Charlotte’s guard play, while the Celtics should see an increase in frontcourt production with Horford back.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -7