Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics - 12/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (13-9) at Charlotte Hornets (13-8)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -1 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics travel to Time Warner Cable Arena to battle the Charlotte Hornets tonight.
The Hornets have been on a tear lately, with nine wins in their last 11 games including a 123-99 win at Memphis last night. Kemba Walker led hte way with 33 points on 12 of 19 shooting, Nicolas Batum made five 3-pointers en route to 20 points while Jeremy Lin chipped in with 16 off the bench as the Hornets fell behind by double digits early on, but they would recover and go on to win big. As a team, the Hornets shot 50 percent from the field, 18 of 37 from the 3-point arc and 27 of 30 from the charity stripe in their best offensive game of the season. With the win, Charlotte improves to 14-8 on the season and 4-5 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics have won four of their last six overall and almost pulled off their best win of the season, falling to the Warriors by 124-119 in double overtime. Kelly Olynyk led the scoring with 28 points off the bench, Avery Bradley added 19 points before fouling out and Isaiah Thomas had 18 points and 10 assists, but the Celtics just couldn't get over the line against the Warriors who were without Klay Thompson. Defensively, the Celtics did a great job of holding Stephen to nine of 27 shooting, but he still ended up with 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. It was definitely a moral victory for Boston, but the loss drops them to 13-10 overall and 7-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on no days rest and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record.
The Celtics really took it to the undefeated Warriors last night, but there is no way they're not tired after losing in double overtime, so I'm taking the Hornets who have been on a tear lately.