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Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 11/13/13

Charlotte Bobcats (3-4) at Boston Celtics (4-4)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -5 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics look for five in a row when the Charlotte Bobcats come to town on Wednesday night.

Head to head, the Bobcats are 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Boston while the home team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings and the underdog is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings. The Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bobcats on the other hand are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, but just 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games.

Boston Celtics vs. Charlotte Bobcats - 11/13/13

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What a turnaround it’s been for the Boston Celtics who come into tonight’s game riding a four game winning streak after dropping their first four games of the season. Since first-year head coach Brad Stevens inserted Jordon Crawford into the starting line-up and shifted Avery Bradley back to point guard, Boston hasn’t lost and are averaging 104.8 points during the win streak. In their last two wins against the Florida duo of Miami and Orlando, the Celtics have put up 111 and 120 points, respectively, while shooting 55.7 percent from the field. In comparison, Boston averaged just 87.5 points through the first four contests.

Despite the return of head coach Steve Clifford and prize free agent recruit Al Jefferson, the Charlotte Bobcats couldn’t get past the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, falling 103-94 for their second straight defeat. Jefferson, who has sat out with a sprained ankle since their season opening loss in Houston, scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 28 minutes of action while Clifford returned to the sideline after three days off with heart problems. Despite the consecutive losses, it’s been an encouraging start to the season for the Bobcats, who should only improve once Jefferson gets settled.  

It’s hard to ignore how good Boston has looked in their last two games, especially on the offensive end. They look like a completely different team to the one that started the season and if you didn’t know any better, who would of thought they were one of the better offensive teams out there. While Charlotte is still getting adjusted to having a true low-post scorer around, they should still be able to put up somewhere between 90-100 points tonight.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I like the over in this one and think it’s one of the stronger plays on the board...

Dan’s Pick: Over 192

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