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Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics - 10/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics (1-1) at Charlotte Hornets (2-0)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets +3 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNE/FSSE

The Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets square off Saturday night in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Boston Celtics look for their first road victory of the season after a 1-1 start overall. The Boston Celtics are averaging 110.5 points on 52.1 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 25 points and 6.5 assists while Jae Crowder is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Avery Bradley is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing six rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have lost four of their last six regular season road games.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics - 10/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets look for another big victory after beating the Miami Heat on Friday night. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 93.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 20.5 points and six assists while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 13 points and 9.5 rebounds. Cody Zeller is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing six rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets haven’t started a season 3-0 in over a decade. Roy Hibbert and Frank Kaminsky are questionable.

The Celtics are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hornets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Hornets are feeling themselves a bit and continue to play above-average defense to grind out these victories. I haven't been that impressed with the Celtics, as they nearly lost to the Brooklyn Nets opening night and were dominated for much of the game against the Chicago Bulls. Even with the Hornets playing last night, I like Charlotte in this spot at home. I'll take my free bucket. 

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