Hornets vs. Celtics - 12/10/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (7-12) at Charlotte Hornets (5-15)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, TSOH
The Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets play Wednesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Boston Celtics have won three of their last four games and are quietly becoming a sleeper in the East. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 105.6 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 107.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads Boston with 19.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. Avery Bradley is shooting 45.3 percent from the field and Marcus Smart scored 23 points in his first real game back from injury. The Boston Celtics have shown the offensive potential to be a solid team but their lack of defense has prevented any consistency this season. The Celtics are allowing teams to shoot 39.1 percent from deep in their last five games and have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing 100 or more points.
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The Charlotte Hornets have lost 10 of their last 11 games and have to get going offensively. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.2 points on 43 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Al Jefferson leads Charlotte with 19.6 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 14.3 points and 5.6 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 41.9 percent from the field and Lance Stephenson is averaging 5.4 assists per game. The Charlotte Hornets offense hasn’t gotten any better throughout the season, shooting just 41.6 percent from the field and 24.4 percent from three in their last five games. The Charlotte Hornets have lost nine straight games when scoring under 100 points.
The Celtics are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southeast and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The underdog is 22-7-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
I've had enough of the Charlotte Hornets, as they've shown little to no signs of improving. Meanwhile, the Celtics have been consistent on the offensive end and just got another weapon back in Smart. The Celtics have to be the pick here, as it's more of a fade from the Hornets.